Tony Reed
Del Norte Triplicate

A murder charge was filed Wednesday and an arrest made in a four-year-old homicide that ended the life of Romeo Glaze in Klamath.

Michael Loftin, 35, is in Del Norte County Jail without bail, the sole suspect in the killing of Romeo Glaze in April 2014, according to Del Norte County Sheriff’s Cmdr. Bill Steven.

Steven said Loftin was located about 2 p.m. Wednesday, in Crescent City and arrested on a no-bail warrant for first-degree murder, signed by Del Norte Superior Court Judge William Follett.

District Attorney Katherine Micks said the warrant was requested and the murder charge filed, but withheld further comment on the case. Steven noted a special allegation will be added to the charges for the discharge of a firearm causing death.

Glaze’s sister Kristina Glaze said while she believes other subjects were involved in her brother’s murder, Loftin is most responsible.

Steven said Loftin is the sole suspect but during the course of the investigation, several subjects were interviewed and their involvement will be disclosed during court proceedings.

“Everyone here at the department, up to, and including the sheriff, is pleased that these charges have been filed and that this is going forward,” Steven said.

According to a release from the sheriff, Glaze’s body was found April 15, 2014 in Klamath Glen. At the time, he had been reported missing by his sisters, Kristina and Cindy Kahao for a few weeks.

Department of Justice Investigators determined Glaze died of a single gunshot wound to the head, but took a couple months to confirm his identity. No arrest was made at the time.

A family affected

Since Glaze’s body was identified, the sisters have come to the Triplicate yearly to remind people the case was still open and ask for information from the community. Both asserted the killing had to involve several people.

Contacted by phone shortly after Loftin’s arrest, Kristina was audibly emotional, saying her prayers had been answered.

“I broke down in tears when I heard,” she said. “This has haunted me for years, seeing that person out on the street, free.”

She said that while she’s sure others were involved, she’s certain the sheriff’s office has the correct suspect in custody.

“I hope he rots in Hell,” Kristina said. “People should be glad they got him off the street. Who knows who his next victim would be. He’s a manipulative liar, tries to pass himself off as a medicine man. He’s a disgrace to his people. He’s gotten away with so much, and he needs to answer for it.”

Micks could not say for certain when Loftin would be scheduled to appear in court.

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