NORMAN, Okla. – An Oklahoma family can finally have closure after their loved one’s alleged killer was captured.
Police said Kenneth Keeling was an innocent bystander when he was shot and killed on his balcony just before Christmas in 2015.
Shortly after the murder, authorities arrested 19-year-old Anthony Mundell and 17-year-old Mathiaz Oropeza in connection with the crime.
However, they put the blame on another man.
The teens told officers that they were robbed at the Summerfield Village apartments and that Tevin Tyreece Martin Hicks brought them back to retaliate.
They claim they were shooting at another group of people in the complex’s parking lot when Keeling was hit.
For months, officers searched for Hicks with no luck.
“Officers have been working diligently to locate Tevin Hicks. He’s been identified as the main suspect,” Sarah Jensen, with the Norman Police Department, said.
With one suspect still on the loose, Keeling’s family said they couldn’t fully heal.
“I just want him to be caught. I want justice. I want to have closure, me and my mother-in-law, my kids,” Jeannie Keeling, Kenneth’s wife, told KFOR in April.
On Monday, officials with the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Office learned that Hicks was living in Independence, Kansas.
Deputies obtained a search warrant and were able to arrest Hicks without a struggle.
Hicks was taken to the Montgomery County Jail and is being held on a warrant for first-degree murder.