Murder suspect Daniel Campbell walks to the podium inside Courtroom A of the Texas County Justice Center for his arraignment hearing Monday morning.

It was an observant citizen’s tip that led authorities to murder suspect Daniel Campbell inside a Licking church.

Campbell, who allegedly killed one person and critically wounded another last Tuesday night, was apprehended around 5 p.m. Friday at Faith and Hope Church just 2.6 miles north of the crime scene. His arrest ended a nearly 70-hour long manhunt.

“We got a call from a lady who lives close to the church who said the blinds on the front of the church were pulled,” Texas County Sheriff James Sigman said. “They’re never pulled.”

Sigman said deputies were positioned at the front and rear doorways of the church awaiting backup when Campbell appeared.

“The back door cracked a little bit,” he said. “They started to get out of their vehicles, the door opened and he walked out.”

Authorities ramped up their search for Campbell on Friday morning as a convoy of deputies with three ATVs left the justice center around 10 a.m. Mere hours later, the observant citizen provided the big break at the church.

Sigman said there is no evidence that Campbell received assistance at his mother’s church at 15450 Burnett Drive just off Highway 32 between Success and Licking. Carolyn Campbell is the pastor.

“We have no reason to believe at this point that she was involved,” Sigman said.

Sigman praised the assistance of multiple law enforcement agencies and citizens in the Success and Licking area. He said more details and charges may be coming.

“We’ve already got a good case, and the bad guy is behind bars,” Sigman said, “but we still have some work to do.”

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