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Jurors choose death

Vasquez sentencing November 5


Daniel Vasquez drew two death sentences at the conclusion of his trial last week in McClain County District Court.

Formal sentencing will be at 9 a.m. November 5.

Jurors convicted the Oklahoma City man on two counts of first degree murder for the 2018 slayings  of Shaliyah Toombs and her unborn child.

The jury also found Vasquez guilty of unlawful removal of a dead body and pattern of criminal offenses. They recommended five years and $5,000 fine on the first count and two years and $25,000 fine on the second.

Toombs was seven months pregnant when she was reported missing from an apartment in southwest Oklahoma City on April 29, 2018.

On May 2, 2018, Vasquez was driving a pickup on I-35 when he ran out of gas south of the Goldsby exit.

He walked to Love’s on State Highway 9 West. There he contacted a Chickasaw Lighthorse Police officer, telling him there was a murder victim in the pickup.

McClain County sheriff’s deputies found Toombs’ body in the pickup’s back floorboard.

The pickup belonged to Joshua Finkbeiner of Oppelo, Ark.

Trials for Finkbeiner and Staci Harjo of Oklahoma City are scheduled for 2022.

Finkbeiner is charged with two counts each of first-degree murder and conspiracy, kidnapping and pattern of criminal offenses.

Harjo is charged with two counts of conspiracy, possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction, kidnapping and pattern of criminal offenses.


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