UPDATE: Police investigating the death of two young black men by three white men in Oklahoma believe that the incident isn’t a hate crime.
“We definitely explored that, and the evidence absolutely shows that this was not racially motivated,” Cleveland County prosecutor Greg Mashburn said. He added that he does not plan to seek hate-related charges in the case, according to the Associated Press.
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Two young black men from were brutally murdered in Oklahoma City in April of this year. Now, the white men who murdered them have been caught.
Kevin Garcia-Boettler, 22, and his 16-year-old brother, and 43-year-old Johnny Shane Barker were recently arrested in connection with the deaths of 21-year-olds Alize Ramon Smith and Jarron Moreland. Police believe that the killing occurred when Smith and Moreland met up with Garcia-Boettler and his teenage brother, who was trying to buy a gun from them. Instead of buying the firearm the teen shot the men, according to a report from WJLA.
“When [Moreland and Smith] entered the vehicle, the white men said they heard a gun being racked,” Moore Police Sgt. Jeremy Lewis said. “So one of them fired four rounds.”
Following the shooting, the Garcia-Boettler brothers enlisted the help of Barker to dismember and dispose of the bodies, with the three men burning Smith and Moreland’s clothes as well as tying their feet to cinder blocks before dumping them in a pond.
The three have been charged as follows:
“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.”
Crystal Rachelle Boettler, the mother of the alleged shooter and Barker’s girlfriend, has also been charged with accessory.
Kennetha Moreland, the mother of Jarron, said that a medical examiner and a funeral home director cautioned her against viewing her son’s body because he was in such bad shape.
“The medical examiner told me to remember the vision that I have of him in my mind. The funeral home director man, when he got him, he said, you don’t want to look at him because that’s something that you’ll never, ever, ever forget,” she said.
“It’s like my whole world’s been crumbled,” she said. “I can’t even have proper closure because my baby is disfigured,” she added. “And I can’t even see him.”
The incident was described by Shaun King as a “modern-day lynching” on Twitter.
This literally appears to be a modern day lynching.
These 2 men, and 1 other, abducted 2 young Black men from a grocery store parking lot in Moore, Oklahoma.
Then shot & killed them.
Stripped them naked. Burned clothes.
Took them to a pond & tied their bodies to cinder blocks pic.twitter.com/m7m0Sq03X5
— Shaun King (@shaunking) April 26, 2018