Police arrest suspect in 2009 drive-by shooting death of 16-year-old

Police have arrested a man in Texas in connection with the 2009 shooting death of a 16-year-old.

Marco Ratliff, 21, was arrested Tuesday as a suspect in the fatal shooting of Jacob Barnes .

Homicide detectives believe Ratliff, and 22-year-old Samuel Fullbright murdered Barnes five years ago.

Fulbright is currently serving a 45-year sentence on a separate second –degree murder and assault and battery conviction.

Investigators say Barnes died in a drive-by shooting while walking in a north Tulsa neighborhood, Sept. 25, 2009.

Witnesses told police that a gold Suburban with several black males inside pulled up alongside Barnes, and the occupants began arguing with him. A passenger then pulled out a gun and shot Barnes three to four times, according to witnesses’ statement.

One witness also stated that Barnes was a “Neighborhood Crip,” whose street name was “Hoodlum,” while Ratliff was a “Hoover Crip”

Detectives learned from interviews the shooting was retaliation due to a fight at a Sept. 11, 2009 Booker T. Washington High School game.

An anonymous caller told police that Ratliff, along with his cousin and Fulbright, was inside the suspect vehicle and that the vehicle matched the description of Ratliff’s mother’s Suburban.

During a search of Ratliff’s residence, .38 caliber ammunition was recovered. Investigators also found a gold Suburban at the home. 

In December 2011, a witness came forth and said Fullbright confessed to being in the back seat of the vehicle the day of the shooting, and he “stuck the gun out and started shooting,” according to court documents. The witness also stated the shooting was gang-related.

In 2013, the Tulsa County District attorney had enough evidence to file charges against both Ratliff and Fullbright.                 

Ratliff was charged with first degree murder in December 2013 and warrants were issued for his arrest.

Detectives arrested him in Dallas earlier this month.He was booked in Tulsa County Jail Tuesday. 

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