OKMULGEE, Okla. (AP) – A man described as a “person of interest” in the murder and dismemberment of four men in eastern Oklahoma has admitted to a woman that he killed the men and “cut them up” , according to a prosecutor’s affidavit. .
Authorities believe Joseph Kennedy, 67, shot the four men Oct. 9 at Kennedy’s junkyard, according to the affidavit unsealed Thursday and signed by Assistant District Attorney Carman Rainbolt.
Kennedy told a woman in Gore, Oklahoma, that he killed and dismembered the four men because they were robbing him, according to the affidavit, which was filed by prosecutors seeking to increase Kennedy’s bond.
The dismembered bodies of Mark Chastain, 32, Billy Chastain, 30, Mike Sparks, 32, and Alex Stevens, 29, were found on October 14 in the Deep Fork River in Okmulgee, a town of around 11,000. located approximately 40 miles (65 kilometers) south of Tulsa. The men reportedly left a house in Okmulgee on bicycles on the evening of October 9.
One of Kennedy’s court-appointed attorneys, Gregg Graves, declined to comment on Friday.
Kennedy was arrested Oct. 17 in Daytona Beach Shores, Fla., while driving a stolen vehicle, according to Okmulgee Police Chief Joe Prentice. He was later extradited to Oklahoma.
Kennedy has not been formally charged, but Okmulgee County jail records show he is being held on $10 million bail in connection with a 2012 battery charge with a deadly weapon. for which he was still on probation.
A phone message left Friday with Rainbolt and Okmulgee County District Attorney Carol Iski was not immediately returned.