Bache cemetery

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Three men were arrested in connection with a July homicide investigation in Bache.

Investigators arrested Matt Vermillon, 40, of Krebs; Jimmy Nace, 46, of Haileyville, and Tyler Morgan, 21, of Haileyville for the death of 49-year-old Haileyville resident Bob Dalpoas – who was found on July 4 partially burned and badly beaten in the Bache Red Oak Cemetery.

Pittsburg County Sheriff Deputy Det. Randy Hass said the U.S. Army Criminal Investigation Command assisted investigators in the case. He said Morgan is in custody of the Army CID at Joint Base Lewis-McChord, southwest of Tacoma, Washington.

“Right now at this time, the U.S. Army is assuming jurisdiction over him,” Hass said.

The detective said Morgan was taken into custody Tuesday and Hass didn’t want Vermillion – who Hass said is Morgan’s father-in-law – to find out about the investigation.

Hass said he assembled law enforcement officers from the Oklahoma Highway Patrol, McAlester Police Department, Krebs Police Department, and the Pittsburg County Sheriff’s Department to arrest Vermillion and Nace in tandem.

“That way nobody had time to call the other one that the cops were coming,” Hass said.

Hass said he spoke with Krebs Police Chief Dennis Cook, who allowed the team use the Krebs Police Department as a staging area before breaking off into two teams to make the arrests.

“I assembled two teams and briefed everybody and we both made out and was able to arrest both suspects minutes apart with no trouble,” Hass said.

This is a developing story and will be updated when more information is available