(Reuters) – An Oklahoma man was charged with 4 counts of homicide within the killing and dismemberment of 4 males he believed have been stealing from his salvage yard, based on courtroom paperwork.
Joseph Lloyd Kennedy, 67, was charged in Okmulgee County courtroom on Monday. If convicted of any of the murders, he may face the dying penalty. Authorities mentioned they consider Kennedy acted alone. It was not recognized if Kennedy had an lawyer.
Kennedy is being held within the Okmulgee County jail with out bond for the murders of Billy Jack Chastain, 30; Mark Chastain, 32; Mike Sparks, 32; Alex Stevens, 29. Mark and Billy Chastain have been brothers. Kennedy and all of the murdered males have been from Okmulgee, a metropolis of 11,000 individuals about 35 miles (56 km) south of Tulsa.
Kennedy was already on probation for capturing a person in 2012 who he believed was stealing from his salvage yard. The person survived the gunshot wound.
When the 4 males’s our bodies have been discovered and recognized in October, Okmulgee police chief Joe Prentice mentioned he believed the lads have been out to “commit some form of felony act.”
Okmulgee County district lawyer Carol Iski, who introduced the fees towards Kennedy on Monday, was requested by reporters whether or not the lads have been stealing from Kennedy’s salvage yard. She replied that it might not matter as “we do not have a dying penalty in Oklahoma for stealing.”
Courtroom paperwork point out that primarily based on cellular phone knowledge, it’s believed the lads had been inside Kennedy’s salvage yard on Oct. 9, the day they have been shot and killed with a rifle.
Bullet fragments have been pulled from a tree simply north of the yard, and blood was discovered together with private objects of a number of the murdered males. The lads have been reported lacking on Oct. 10.
On Oct. 14, the our bodies have been found and Kennedy fled to Daytona Seaside Shores, Florida, the place he was later arrested on suspicion of driving a stolen car and returned to Oklahoma.
A lady with whom Kennedy had a romantic relationship advised law enforcement officials on Oct. 18 that Kennedy confessed to her that he shot the lads and lower up their our bodies, based on courtroom paperwork.