MOORE — The search for two men following a reported shooting Saturday evening in Moore is over after their bodies were discovered in a pond.
Alize Ramon Smith and Jarron Keonte Moreland, both 21-year-old black men, were identified as the bodies located near the intersection of NE 50th Street and Sooner Road on Wednesday, Sgt. Jeremy Lewis of the Moore Police Department said. Three men were arrested Tuesday night, and two of them — Kevin Garcia-Boettler, 22, and Johnny Barker, 43 — were booked into Cleveland County jail early Wednesday charged with accessory to first-degree murder.
The third is the 16-year-old brother of Garcia-Boettler, whose name has been withheld because he is a juvenile.
Police had been searching for Smith and Moreland following a weekend incident in which witnesses reported gunshots. Authorities asked the public to be on the lookout for both men and a white minivan, later identified as a Chrysler Town and Country, year model between 2011 and 2016.
Lewis said police followed information to a location near the NE 50th and Sooner Road intersection, where they found the three men and took them into custody.
Police learned that Garcia-Boettler and his brother were set to meet Smith and Moreland on Saturday night in the Crest Foods parking lot in Moore, near the North Eastern Avenue and 12th Street intersection. Smith and Moreland were selling a gun, and the transaction had been set up on Craigslist.
As the sale was about to take place and the men approached the vehicle, Garcia-Boettler and his brother heard a click that sounded like a gun being cocked, according to interviews.
“When they entered the vehicle, the white men said they heard a gun being racked,” Lewis said. “So one of them fired four rounds.”
Both Smith and Moreland were hit by gunshots. At that point, Lewis said the suspects took Smith and Moreland to a residence near 50th Street and Sooner Road.
There, Barker is alleged to have helped dispose of the bodies and clean up the van. In interviews with police, the suspects informed them the bodies were dumped in a pond.
Tuesday afternoon, police searching the area said they had located two bodies. The Oklahoma Medical Examiner was called to the scene and the bodies were later identified as Smith and Moreland.
No bond has currently been set for either Garcia-Boettler or Barker, and police have not yet provided a charge for the 16-year-old.