3 arrested in connection to disappearance, murder of men in Moore
MOORE, Okla. (KOKH) —
Three men have been arrested in connection to the disappearance of a pair of men over the weekend in Moore.
Moore Police Department Public Information Officer Jeremy Lewis reports that three men have been arrested in connection to the disappearance of 21-year-old Jerron Moreland and 21-year-old Alize Smith. Lewis identified the men arrested as 22-year-old Kevin Don Garcia-Boettler, 43-year-old Johnny Shane Barker and a 16-year-old. The juvenile is the brother of Garcia-Boettler.
Court records show that on April 14, Garcia-Boettler drove his brother to Crest because he believed his brother was going to purchase a gun from Moreland.
As soon as the men got into the vehicle, Garcia-Boettler stated that he heard a gun "rack" and reportedly observed his brother shoot the two men. Garcia-Boettler then drover the vehicle from the scene to Barker's residence near NE 50 and Sooner.
At the residence, Barker allegedly assisted the men as they loaded the victim's bodies on a trailer and attached cinder blocks to their bodies before driving them to a pond on the property and dumping them.
A tip led police to NE 50 and Sooner to the property of Barker's parents. Barker is reportedly the boyfriend of the Boettler's mother.
On Wednesday, police searched a pond in the area and located two bodies believed to be the men. The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office will have to determine their identification. Police are waiting on more search warrants to search the large property the bodies were discovered on.
Boetller-Garcia and Barker both face complaints of accessory to first degree murder. The juvenile faces a complaint of first degree murder.