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Suspect in metro bookstore murder denied bond

Kenton Busby has been denied bond in connection to a murder at a metro bookstore. (KOKH/Oklahoma County Jail){ }

A man accused of killing an Oklahoma City bookstore owner has been denied bond.

Kenton Busby, 42, was arrested Tuesday on a complaint of first degree murder. Busby made his initial appearance before an Oklahoma County judge Thursday, where he was denied bond. Formal charges have yet to be filed on Busby.


Busby is accused of killing Kelly Hays. On Sept. 14, Oklahoma City firefighters responding to a fire at 30 Penn Books found Hays' body. A report from the Oklahoma Medical Examiner's Office shows that Hays died of sharp force injuries.

Surveillance video from businesses in the area show a man entering and leaving the business before the fire. The man was inside the business for approximately 17 minutes.

Busby has a lengthy criminal past. He was just released from prison in February and was on probation at the time of Hays' murder. His next court appearance has not been set, but will likely take place in November.


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