By Cass Rains, Staff Writer
Enid News and Eagle
ENID, Okla. —
A first-degree murder charge was filed Friday against a former Enid man in the Dec. 22 shooting death of Heath Crites.
Ronnie Eugene Fuston, in custody in Oklahoma County jail, was charged with the capital offense and faces death, imprisonment for life or life without parole.
The charges came after more than two months of investigation by Enid Police Department detectives.
“Investigators have been working tirelessly on this extremely difficult case,” EPD Capt. Jack Morris said. “Investigators have concluded Mr. Fuston was the individual responsible and submitted an affidavit to have charges filed with the district attorney’s office.”
Morris said detectives worked “diligently” in preparing the case against Fuston. The investigation also led to two other men being charged as accessories after the fact in an Oklahoma City murder.
Fuston is currently in custody in Oklahoma County on another complaint of first-degree murder.
According to the affidavit filed in the Garfield County case, police responded at 2:18 a.m. Dec. 22 to 301 E. Columbia in reference to a possible homicide.
When officers arrived, they found Crites lying dead on his living room floor with multiple gunshot wounds to his torso and extremities. Police recovered shell casing from the living room that were found to have been shot from a .45 caliber Taurus firearm.
Oklahoma City police, investigating an Oct. 20, 2012, murder, learned the gun used in that homicide may have been hidden in Enid.
Oklahoma City and Enid police compared shell casings from both homicides and found the same gun was used in each crime, according to the affidavit.
Fuston was arrested Jan. 9 in connection with the Oklahoma City murder.
The day of his arrest, Fuston contacted Treylon A. Haley from jail and asked Haley to go to his mother’s house and get rid of those “hammers,” which is slang for guns, according to the affidavit. Enid police learned Fuston used to live with his mother at 321 E. Wabash.
EPD Detective Tim Doyle interviewed Haley Jan. 10. He told police he’d received a call from Fuston asking him to get rid of some guns, according to the affidavit.
Haley initially denied moving the guns but later admitted he called someone named “Ant” who then contacted Ivan Williamson to move the guns, according to the affidavit. Haley showed Doyle a Facebook message from Williamson in which Williamson stated he got rid of the guns.
Doyle spoke with Williamson, who said he’d been contacted by Haley, who was asked to get rid of two guns by Fuston, according to the affidavit.
One of the guns was at Fuston’s mother’s house and the other was located in a vehicle parked in a lot at 6th and Ohio. Williamson told Doyle he picked up both guns, one a Taurus .45 caliber handgun and the other a Hi-Point .45 caliber handgun, according to the affidavit.
Williamson told Doyle he contacted Haley via Facebook and told him he had moved the guns and they were taken care of, according to the affidavit. Williamson said he sold one of the guns to Casey Oakley.
Doyle then spoke with Oakley and a .45 caliber Taurus PT 24/7 handgun with the serial number filed down was turned over to Enid Police Department, according to the affidavit. The gun then was turned over to the Oklahoma City Criminalistics lab for comparisons of shell casings from the Crites murder and Oklahoma City murder. After testing, the lab found the gun was used at both crime scenes.
Williamson also told police on or about Dec. 30, 2012, he was with Fuston and Fuston told him he had shot the man on Columbia Street, according to the affidavit. He said Fuston asked him if he had heard about the shooting and when Williamson said he had, Fuston pointed to himself and said he shot the man.
Williamson said Fuston gave him several details about how he had shot Crites, according to the affidavit. Detectives confirmed those details with evidence collected at the crime scene, as well as through their investigation.