Man wanted in connection to homicide in Oklahoma arrested in Paducah

An Oklahoma City resident wanted in connection to a homicide was arrested in Paducah on Wednesday.

The McCracken County Sheriff’s Department says it was informed that a homicide suspect, Travis Richards, had allegedly fled to Paducah from Oklahoma City.

The homicide allegedly occurred on December 27th in Oklahoma City.

On Wednesday around 5:30 p.m., a deputy found a vehicle with an Oklahoma license plate on Bridge Street. The deputy believed that Richards was inside the vehicle and began to pull the vehicle over.

The vehicle stopped in the parking lot of the Dollar General on Bridge Street and Richards ran away on foot.

Two other people in the car, Anthony James of Oklahoma, and Melony Hatton of Paducah, remained in the vehicle. Both were arrested after Methamphetamine and drug paraphernalia was found in the vehicle.

Paducah Police Officers arrived at the parking lot and began using a K-9 unit to try and find Richards.

A short time later, US Marshals obtain information that Richards may be in a nearby trailer park. All three law enforcement agencies converged on the trailer located at 365 Meacham Lane and arrested Richards without incident. Richards did initially attempted to shield himself with an infant at the trailer.

An investigation found that Richards and James had traveled to Paducah about 7 days ago and that James knew Richards was being sought in connection to a homicide. James said he initially attempted to hide Richards’ identity in an attempt to keep him from being arrested.

Richards is charged with a warrant for Murder and Possession of a Firearm by a Convicted Felon and three bench warrants for Contempt of Court in McCracken County.

James is charged with Hindering Apprehension or Prosecution, Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Drug Paraphernalia, and traffic violations.

Hatton is charged with Possession of Methamphetamine, Possession of Morphine, Possession of a Controlled Substance 3rd Degree, and Possession of Drug Paraphernalia.

All three were lodged in the McCracken County Regional Jail.

Richards plead guilty to the lesser charges he faced in McCracken County. He will serve 14 days in jail and then begin the process to be transported back to Oklahoma.

Richards will face a first degree murder charge in Oklahoma.

James and Hatton will both serve time in jail on a $2,500 bond.

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