Person of interest in murders of 4 Oklahoma men arrested in Florida

A convicted felon wanted for questioning in the gruesome deaths of four mutilated Oklahoma bicyclists has been arrested in Florida, police said Tuesday.

Joe Kennedy, 67, was caught driving a stolen vehicle in Daytona Beach Shores, according to Oklahoma State Police.

Kennedy had been named a “person of interest” when he disappeared late last week after first being questioned by investigators in the quadruple murder.

Okmulgee Police Chief Joe Prentice declined Tuesday to call Kennedy a suspect, saying he has not been charged in connection with the killings — but he will be brought back to Oklahoma for questioning.

“The homicide investigation is ongoing and investigators continue to follow leads every day,” Prentice said in a statement.

Joe Kennedy in his mugshot
Joe Kennedy, 67, was caught driving a stolen vehicle in Daytona Beach Shores, Florida, Oklahoma, police said Tuesday.
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Kennedy was being held in the Sunshine State for grand theft of a motor vehicle, jail records show.

The bodies of Mark Chastain, 32, Billy Chastain, 30, Mike Sparks, 32, and Alex Stevens, 29, were found shot and dismembered in the Deep Fork River in Okmulgee over the weekend.

The police chief said Kennedy was initially questioned — but not arrested — after a Friday search of a nearby junkyard he owns revealed blood evidence of a “violent event.”

The victims’ phones had last pinged at the junkyard.

The four victims
The bodies of Mark Chastain, 32, Billy Chastain, 30, Mike Sparks, 32, and Alex Stevens, 29, were discovered in the Deep Fork River in Okmulgee, Oklahoma over the weekend.
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The river where the bodies were pulled from
The bodies of the victims were pulled from the river near the junkyard where their phones last pinged, police said.
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Authorities have previously said they believed the men had gone on a bike ride with the intention of committing an unidentified crime when they disappeared.

Before he disappeared, Kennedy had denied knowing the men, Prentice said.

Kennedy is currently serving a 10-year suspended sentence for assault and battery following a 2012 confrontation between him and six intruders who broke into his junkyard.

He pleaded guilty to assault with a dangerous weapon after shooting and injuring one of the would-be burglars.

The police chief said authorities are trying to revoke the suspended sentence.

With Post wires

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