Police Surround Home in Search for Murder Suspect

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SPRINGFIELD, Mo. —   A stand-off is unfolding in north Springfield Thursday morning as police search for a man suspected of murdering two people earlier this month.

KOLR10’s Colin Lingo reports there are a number of police patrol cars near Kansas Expressway and Kearney, and officers are focused on a house near the Bolivar Road Apartments looking for Willie Haughton, confirmed SPD spokesperson Lisa Cox.

KOLR10 News spoke with neighbors in the area who say this is the second time this week police and armored cars have been in position near this house.  One woman told us “maybe they’ll catch him this time.”

Haughton is a suspect in two recent murders, one occurring March 27, and the other on April 1. 

On March 27, police were called to 1026 West Florida Street, just north of Commercial Street.  Police say they found 30-year-old Lance E. Loveless, of Springfield, dead, slumped over the wheel of a car parked in the backyard with a gunshot wound.

And on Sunday, April 1, the body of Robert C. Hewitt, 49, of Springfield, was found in a vehicle behind a house at 1032 E. Commercial Street.

When police got there just before 3:00 p.m., they found Hewitt dead of an apparent gunshot wound. Both shootings are being handled as homicide cases. 

Charges have not yet been filed in either homicide case and both investigations are ongoing. 

This is a developing story – more information will be posted as soon as possible.

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