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July 18, 2014

Alabama murder suspect’s companion still missing

DUNCAN — The Alabama murder suspect who was arrested by Duncan police after a high-speed chase jumped a $123,000 bond before she came to Duncan, authorities said Thursday.

Police also said the older man with whom she was traveling, who has relatives in Duncan, has been missing for about the past four days.

Barbara Wood, the murder suspect, and her traveling companion, Maxwell Barnes, had been in Duncan since June 23 and had pawned some items during their time here, said Detective John Byers.

In Alabama, Barnes had been living with a New Brockton, Ala., man for about two months when he apparently began having phone conversations with Wood, police reports said.

Barnes also met with Wood in Greenville, Ala., the reports stated.

Barnes left with all his belongings about two months ago and hasn’t been seen since then by his former roommate, according to an incident report.

The missing man  may have come to Duncan with Wood because he has relatives here, Byers said.

Wood came to the attention of Duncan police on Tuesday night when she appeared intoxicated at Stripes convenience store.

Duncan Police Officer Ronald Concorran said Wood told him her name was Tammy Johnson before fled from the store.

Wood led  officers on a high-speed chase on Highway 7 but was eventually arrested after she lost control of her car, police said.

An officer had to hit the Hyundai she was driving with his push bar because she began driving toward another officer, reports said.

Concorran said he found an Alabama tag while searching the car that led officers to discover Wood’s murder warrant.

Police submitted documents found in the car to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation for analysis and are continuing to search for Barnes.

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