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Tulsa man bound over for trial

A man charged in the murder of a man whose remains were discovered in Washington County in May 2016 has been bound over for trial in Tulsa County.

Robert Tyson, 39, faces charges of first-degree murder of Verlin Ray Howard, whose body was found last year. He was bound over for trial on July 3, by Judge William LaFortune, after a short preliminary hearing that saw four witnesses sworn in.

Tyson's next court date will be July 31.

Howard’s remains were discovered May 11, 2016, in southern Washington County. Shortly after that, it was announced that they were “likely human,” spurring speculation as to the details of the discovery.

The Washington County Sheriff’s Office opened an investigation into the incident as a homicide and, as the investigation progressed, it appeared the remains were those of a person missing out of Tulsa.

According to a missing person’s report on the 41-year-old Howard, he was last seen by his roommate around 8 a.m. Sept. 4, 2014. At that time, he reportedly said he was leaving to go to northwest Kansas with an old roommate to get some furniture. He had not been seen or heard from since.

Authorities contend that everything happened in Tulsa, and the body was dumped in Washington County after he was killed.

Tyson remains in the Tulsa County Jail.