OKMULGEE, Okla. — A man allegedly confessed to killing and dismembering four men in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, according to an affidavit which was sealed until Thursday.
Okmulgee Police Department on Oct. 14 found the remains of four men in the Deep Fork River, according to KOKI. Their remains were found dismembered.
A person of interest, identified as Joseph Kennedy by KOKI, was reportedly arrested in Florida in a stolen car.
Officials believe that Kennedy, 67, had shot and killed the four men on Oct. 9 at his scrap yard, according to an affidavit obtained by The Associated Press.
The men - Mark Chastain, 32; Billy Chastain, 30; Alex Stevens, 29; and Mike Sparks, 32 - where believed to have left a house in Okmulgee on Oct. 9 on bicycles, according to the AP.
KOKI reported that on Thursday there was an accelerated hearing to address that Kennedy had allegedly violated his parole by leaving Oklahoma. He was arrested in Florida on Oct. 17 and was eventually extradited back to Okmulgee County in November on a warrant.
In the hearing, Kennedy allegedly told a woman in Gore, Oklahoma, that he had killed and dismembered four men because he believed they were stealing from him, according to the affidavit obtained by the AP.
Kennedy allegedly told them that he killed them and cut them up. Okmulgee Police Chief Joe Prentice said in the affidavit obtained by KOKI that Kennedy’s confession never made its way to law enforcement.
An affidavit was filed weeks ago by the district attorney and was sealed until Thursday’s hearing. This was believed to have been done to increase Kennedy’s bond to $10 million, according to KOKI.
Kennedy is expected back in court on Monday to continue Thursday’s hearing after his defense attorney had objected to her client not being physically in the courtroom. According to KOKI, Kennedy is not charged with murder but remains a person of interest. He is still being held on a $10 million bond.
No further information has been released.
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