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Robbery Suspect Linked to Killings

With Banks and Businesses His Alleged Victims, Normore Suspected of Killings

A 27-year-old man arrested as a suspect in a number of robberies last year has now been linked to four killings.

Mario Normore was arrested nearly a year ago as a suspect in two bank robberies, as well as eight robberies at Oklahoma City businesses.

Now, investigators believe they have tied Mr. Normore, a known Rollin’ 20’s gang member, to four homicides committed last year.

Police believe Mr. Normore was involved in the killings of Bashar Burks, 27, and Ashley Easton, 30, in July 2017.

What was initially thought to be a fatal car wreck quickly turned into a double-homicide investigation after Mr. Burks was found dead on July 10, 2017, and Miss Easton’s body was recovered the following day in northeast Oklahoma City.

Just before 5:10 p.m. on July 10, 2017, police and fire crews responded to a reported injury accident at Wilshire and Air Depot boulevards.

A car was on fire and an officer reported he was unable to pull out a passenger, who was later identified as Mr. Burks.

The state medical examiner’s office said Mr. Burks had died prior to the car fire from injuries that were considered suspicious.

At about 7:35 a.m. the next day, police were called back to the scene after a body was found in a ditch.

A passerby said he was driving in the area and glanced over at a ditch and saw a body, later identified as Miss Easton., according to police records.

An officer said in a police report that she had “blood on her head and face” and that a purse was found in between her legs.

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