Lawton Man Sentenced to Life in Prison for Murder

Lawton, Okla. - A Lawton man found guilty of murdering his wife and burying her body in his backyard will spend the rest of his life in prison.

David Baird appeared in a Comanche County courtroom Tuesday where he was sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.

Baird was convicted of first-degree murder in May. It was his second time to be tried for the crime, after the first ended in a mistrial. Prosecutors say Baird killed Claudine Marroquin in 2013 and then buried her beneath an above-ground swimming pool.

The medical examiner later ruled that Marroquin died of asphyxiation.

The sentencing followed the jury's recommendation.