January 21, 2014
Jury selection began today in the Jackson County Courthouse for Manuel Daniel Jr.
Daniel has been accused in the 2012 murder of Melissa Bost. Bost was found in an abandoned vehicle in an alley in the 1000 block of E. Sutherland, but it was later determined that Bost was murdered at another location in south Altus.
Investigators collected and submitted forensic evidence to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation, and over the next six to eight weeks, conducted many interviews in an attempt to find the person responsible for the murder.
On March 30, 2012, investigators executed a search warrant at 907 S. Baucum, Daniel’s residence, where forensic evidence was collected and submitted to the OSBI lab for analysis. Altus Police Chief Tim Murphy said at the time that this is was where they believed Bost was murdered. “On May 18, results from the forensic evidence, from the OSBI confirmed APD’s suspicions,” said Murphy.
Manuel Daniel Jr. was arrested on May 24, 2012 and charged with first degree murder. He faces death if convicted.
Court records indicate Daniel’s counsel and the prosecutor’s office have completed filing motions and witnesses have been subpoenaed.
Daniel has been in the Jackson County Jail since Feb. 29, 2012. After his initial court appearance on May 31, 2012, the judge determined that no bond would be issued because of the severity of the crime. District Judge Richard Darby has denied repeated requests for a reduced bond.