A man accused of murdering and dismembering four men in eastern Oklahoma was charged with four counts of first-degree murder on Monday.
At a press conference, Okmulgee County District Attorney Carol Iski announced the charges against Joseph Kennedy, 67.
Mark Chastain, 32, Billy Chastain, 30, Mike Sparks, 32, and Alex Stevens, 29, were discovered dismembered in the Deep Fork River in Okmulgee, a town of about 11,000 people about 40 miles (65 kilometers) south of Tulsa. On the evening of Oct. 9, the men were believed to have left a house in Okmulgee on bicycles.
According to Iski, video from a nearby business shows Kennedy at his Okmulgee scrap yard on the night the men were shot and killed. Investigators also discovered blood and personal items in a field near the scrapyard, including a broken set of dentures, as well as 7.62-caliber shell casings, she said.
According to Iski, evidence from Kennedy’s cellphone places him near a bridge where the men’s dismembered bodies were discovered.
Iski claims DNA evidence from blood found inside one of Kennedy’s vehicles and on a pair of his sneakers connects him to the crime.
According to court documents filed last week, Kennedy told a woman in Gore, Oklahoma, that he killed and dismembered the four men for stealing from him.
“He told her that they were all against him, and he just lost it and started shooting,” Iski explained. “She claimed he told her that after shooting them, he cut them up.”
Iski stated that she has not decided whether to seek the death penalty.
The attorneys appointed by the court to represent Kennedy have declined to comment on the case.
Okmulgee Police Chief Joe Prentice said Kennedy was arrested on Oct. 17 in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida, while driving a stolen vehicle. He was eventually extradited to Oklahoma.