By Devin Simmons
Arizona Daily Wildcat
Monday March 10, 2003
Law student's boyfriend surrenders to La. police
Murder suspect Everett Alan O'Quin turned himself into Louisiana Police Saturday morning after a front-page article ran the same day in the local paper.
O'Quin, who was wanted by the Tucson Police Department in connection with the slaying of UA law student Susan Barber, was persuaded by his parents to turn himself in, according to Sgt. Norman Karamales of the Louisiana State Police.
"The article appeared on the front page on Saturday, and he turned himself in at 10:45 a.m.," Karamales said.
O'Quin was being held at the Rapides Parish Jail in Alexandria, but a spokesperson for the Rapides Parish Sheriff's office said that O'Quin will be back in Tucson today.
His parents live in the nearby town of Pineville, where O'Quin graduated from high school, the article in The Town Talk stated.
O'Quin has no previous criminal record in Louisiana, according to the article.
Barber, 27, was found dead in her home last Monday after her parents requested that the police check on her.
Police estimated that the body could have been there for up to three days. Neighbors said they saw O'Quin loading up Barber's car days before the body was discovered.
The car was found by police at O'Quin's relative's house on North First Avenue and East Limberlost Road. Louisiana police impounded a 1997 Ford Thunderbird, which was registered to his sister in Tucson, Saturday.
The Susan Barber Memorial Scholarship has been established by the College of Law to honor the life of Barber, an activist for human and animal rights.
Donations can be sent to the Law College Association, James E. Rogers College of Law, Development and Alumni Relations, P.O. Box 210176, Tucson, AZ 85721-0176. Checks should be made payable to LCA-Susan Barber Memorial Scholarship.
For more information call 621-8430.