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OPD: Amarillo murder suspect, 2 others charged after kidnapping call

December 1, 2018

A call about a possible kidnapping Thursday led local law enforcement to a woman who had a warrant out of Amarillo for first-degree murder and two others reportedly in possession of methamphetamine.

Officers responded to the call about a possible kidnapping around 6:56 a.m. Thursday at the Super 8 Motel, 2833 E. Interstate 20, an Odessa Police Department news release stated. The caller had already left the scene, but was later located by the Ector County Sheriff’s Office and turned over to OPD.

Investigation revealed the caller, 29-year-old Marisela Lopez, had a warrant out of Amarillo for first-degree murder, the release detailed.

Officers made contact with two people other after obtaining a search warrant for a room at the hotel, 31-year-old Christopher Scott and 32-year-old Lauren Stevens, the release detailed. Officers found about 30 grams of methamphetamine in the room, as well as multiple scales, plastic bags, marijuana and a firearm. Scott and Stevens were both found to be convicted felons.

Police charged Scott and Stevens with manufacture or delivery of methamphetamine, a first-degree felony, and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, a third-degree felony. Stevens was additionally charged with possession of marijuana, a class B misdemeanor, and possession of a controlled substance, a class A misdemeanor.

Lopez was also charged with failure to identify/fugitive intent/give false information.

Jail records show all three were taken to the Ector County Detention Center Friday. Lopez has no bonds, Stevens has four bonds totaling $101,500 and Scott has two bonds totaling $100,000.

More charges are anticipated as the investigation continues, the release stated.

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