OKC Robbery Suspect Faces Charges In 4 Homicides


Friday, September 28th 2018, 10:04 am
By: News 9


A man suspected in 10 robberies who has been jailed since 2017 is now facing charges in four murders. 

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Mario James Jerrell Normore, 27, is facing charges in 10 robberies and four homicides.  

Normore has been in the custody of the Oklahoma County Jail since October 27, 2017. He is the suspect in two bank robberies and eight business robberies which occurred over approximately a two-month period.  

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The first murder charges were the double homicide of Bashar Burks and Ashley Easton who were found near Wilshire and north Air Depot Boulevard in July 2017. Normore worked with Burks, and Easton was Burks’ girlfriend, according to police.

The third murder is that of Searra Howe, whose body was located in a  a remote area near the 7800 block of north Oak Avenue. Searra and Normore were reported to be friends prior to her death, investigators said.

The fourth homicide is that of 58-year old James Steven Knowles. According to police, he was last seen by his family on October 3, 2017. Knowles was the maintenance man in the apartment complex Normore lived in and was reported to be an acquaintance, police said. Based on the investigation, Normore is being charged with Knowles’ murder, although his body has not yet been found, officers said.

The robbery charges are related to crimes at a Bank of Oklahoma, Big Buys, four at Family Dollar, Midfirst Bank, two at Dollar General, and a Little Caesars.