3 white men arrested in connection with the murder and dismemberment of 2 young black men (Photo: Circa)
Three white men have been arrested in connection to the brutal murders of a two young black of men outside Oklahoma City.
Ramon Smith and Jarron Moreland, both 21, were reported missing on April 14. Family and friends hung missing persons posters around the community.
Four days later on April 18 Moore County police found their dismembered bodies in a pond. The same day police arrested 22-year-old Kevin Garcia-Boettler, 43-year-old Johnny Shane Barker and the 16-year-old brother of Garcia-Boettler, who police say is the suspected shooter. Their mother, Crystal Rachelle Boettler, 40, has also been charged with accessory after the fact.
According to court documents, the teen is charged with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, unlawful removal of a dead body, desecration of human corpse and possessing a firearm after delinquent adjudication. Garcia-Boettler is charged with accessory after the fact and unlawful removal of a dead body. Barker, is charged with accessory after the fact, unlawful removal of a body and desecration of a human corpse.
On Twitter, journalist Shaun King called this incident a “modern day lynching.”
Court records show that on April 14, Garcia-Boettler drove his brother to meet the two victims because he believed his brother was going to purchase a gun from Moreland. The sale was arranged through Craigslist and the two parties agreed to meet in a nearby grocery store parking lot.
Garcia-Boettler told police that Moreland got out of a sedan and into the back seat of his van. He claims that he heard a gun “rack” and told police he witnessed his brother open fire killing the two men.
“When [Moreland and Smith] entered the vehicle, the white men said they heard a gun being racked,” said Sgt. Jeremy Lewis of the Moore Police Department. “So one of them fired four rounds.”
Garcia-Boettler told police that he and his brother took their dead bodies to a nearby residence where they met up with Barker who helped them dispose of the bodies and clean the van. Barker told police they tied cinder blocks to the bodies so they would sink in the pond. He told police they removed both victims’ clothing and burned them in a barrel before dumping them in the water.
Moreland’s uncle Anthony Anderson told KFOR News, that Moreland was a “great dad.”
Moreland’s grandmother, Bobbie Moreland, also spoke of her grandson highly as a father.
His grandmother, Bobbie Moreland, sobbed while talking to reporters. “Very, very good daddy. He took care of his little boy and the boy is going to be lost without his daddy,” she said