(Stillwater) – A ruling on whether a Cushing Murder suspect was arrested illegally could come Wednesday in Payne County District Court.  A Preliminary hearing continued from last month will resume tomorrow.  Attorney’s for Robert Chad Lansford Barela have filed a motion so suppress all evidence obtained after Barela’s arrest.

Barela is charged with three counts of first degree murder in the shooting deaths of  Elizabeth Hueser, 19; Douglass Peck, 27; and Albert Sernas, 21.  The motion filed by Barela’s attorney’s says that OSU Police made an arrest without a warrant outside their jurisdiction. 

Payne County District Attorney Rob Hudson believes the arrest was legal because Stillwater Police and OSU Police have a services agreement which allows OSU Police to exercise authority in emergency situations or situations where prompt action is necessary.

Barela was arrested February 17th by OSU police near the intersection of 6th and Western Street in Stillwater.   Authorities believe Barela drove to Stillwater after killing the three victims,  and parked the stolen vehicle of the of the victims at a Wal-Mart store on the west side of Stillwater,  then began walking back eastward into town.   The following day,  authorities recovered a gun believed to be the murder weapon from a detention pond along SH 51 near Meridian Technology Center.

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