Murder Investigation in Hugo

6-24-06 – A homicide investigation is underway in Hugo after authorities say a man was killed late Friday night. According to the OSBI, the state agency assisting local authorities with the investigation, witnesses reported a man striking another man near the 400 block of West Main Street around 10:30 p.m.

When authorities arrived, they found 50 year old Jack Francis of Hugo dead at the scene.

The OSBI says witnesses led police and deputies to a home, within walking distance of the crime scene. At the home, police arrested 23-year-old Marcus Cole of McCurtain County.

Authorities say they found some of the victims belongings burning in a trash can. Cole is in the Choctaw County Jail on a first degree murder complaint.

Formal charges are expected early next week.