A person arrested in reference to the slayings of 4 Oklahoma bicyclists’ allegedly instructed a buddy that he killed and dismembered them as a result of “they have been stealing from him,” court docket paperwork present.
Disturbing particulars concerning the Oct. 9 killings have been included in unsealed paperwork after Okmulgee County prosecutors requested that Joseph Kennedy’s bail be elevated to $10 million.
He was initially held on $500,000 bond after being arrested in Daytona Seashore Shores in Florida. Prosecutors stated he fled to the state after police in Oklahoma named him as a “individual of curiosity” within the deaths of Mark Chastain, 32, Billy Chastain, 30, Mike Sparks, 32, and Alex Stevens, 29.
Kennedy, 67, is being held on the Okmulgee County jail on felony assault and battery with a harmful weapon, on-line information present, in reference to a 2012 taking pictures in Okmulgee. He has not been formally charged within the killings of the 4 males.
His attorneys declined to touch upon the bail enhance.
Prosecutors allege that the victims have been killed on Oct. 9 at Kennedy’s scrap yard. Investigators began trying into him after they searched the yard and located proof of a “violent occasion” on an “adjoining property,” Okmulgee Police Chief Joe Prentice stated. He was interviewed by police earlier than he left the state.
Courtroom paperwork state that Kennedy parked his Chrysler PT Cruiser throughout the road from the scrap yard round 3 p.m. on Oct. 9, earlier than the killings.
It’s believed that Mark Chastain had his mobile phone on him and it pinged at Kennedy’s scrap yard simply after 5:30 p.m., the paperwork state. A deputy sheriff who lives within the space reported listening to gunshots round 6:22 p.m.
Safety video confirmed Kennedy go away the scrap yard and stroll again throughout the road to his automotive. Prosecutors famous within the paperwork that he was sporting a special shirt than the one he arrived in. Kennedy drove off however later returned in a truck belonging to his buddy earlier than leaving once more.
The truck was later reported as stolen, based on the court docket paperwork.
Kennedy allegedly traveled backwards and forwards from the scrap yard a number of occasions. Prosecutors stated that at round 4:12 a.m. on Oct. 10, he left the scrap yard and drove a brief distance to a vacant lot that borders the property. The video confirmed him leaving a number of hours later and turning down Sharp Highway.
Courtroom paperwork state the victims’ stays have been discovered within the Deep Fork River on Oct. 14 and have been seen from a bridge on Sharp Highway. Bloodied objects belonging to Mark Chastain have been additionally discovered within the vacant lot, the doc says.
A day after the stays have been discovered, Kennedy arrived at a feminine buddy’s home with a bicycle belonging to one of many males, based on the paperwork.
“The Defendant instructed [the friend] that ‘they have been stealing from him’ and that he killed them and minimize them up,” the paperwork say. “He then left her residence.”
Prentice has stated the victims had been planning to tug off an undisclosed crime. Investigators primarily based that perception on the phrase of a witness who stated they have been invited to go alongside as the person deliberate to hit a lick sufficiently big for all of them,” the chief stated, utilizing slang for a worthwhile legal act.
The district legal professional’s workplace couldn’t instantly be reached on Friday.