Preliminary hearing underway for Oklahoma suspects in Craigslist double homicide

NORMAN, Okla. - A district court judge has taken a case against four suspects in connection to a double homicide under advisement.

In April, the bodies of 21-year-old Jarron Moreland and 21-year-old Alize Smith were found dismembered in a pond near 51st and Sooner Road. Investigators said Jarron and Alize were shot and killed in a Crest parking lot in Moore during a Craiglist exchange days prior.

Since then, four suspects have been charged.

Brett Boettler, who was 16 at the time, was charged in April for two counts of second-degree murder, unlawful removal of a dead body, desecration of a corpse as well as a felony firearm possession charge. Brett's older brother, 22-year-old Kevin Garcia-Boettler, was also charged with felony accessory to second-degree murder and unlawful removal of a dead body.

The brothers' mother, Crystal Boettler, is also facing a charge of accessory, after prosecutors said she instructed them to drive to her boyfriend's family property in the 5100 block of N. Sooner Road. Her boyfriend, Johnny Shane Barker, is accused of dumping the bodies into the pond.

Barker faces charges of accessory, unlawful removal of a body and two desecration charges.

During a preliminary hearing this week, prosecutors tried to amend the second-degree murder charges for Brett to first-degree murder. They also argued Crystal should face desecration charges, as well.

Defense attorneys argued there was no evidence heard this week during the preliminary hearing that proved the Boettler brothers intended to kill Jarron and Alize nor was there evidence Crystal "ever touched the bodies." They also claimed desecration was not an appropriate charge in Cleveland County, as the bodies were found in Oklahoma County.

However, prosecutors stated in court Friday the alleged crimes originated in Cleveland County and the charges were not overreaching.

Kennetha Moreland, the mother of Jarron, spoke with News 4 after the court hearing Friday.

"He (Jarron) took care of his son. He did what he did. He was a daddy. He took care of his son," she said. "Sometimes, he cries out. He said, 'Mee-maw, why did those evil people kill my daddy? I said, 'Baby I wish I could tell you'."

Kennetha said her family along with Smith's family has been nothing but supportive.

"I have my son’s remains in my house. I mean, I talk to him everyday. That’s what helps me get by. I know that he’s not there, but it helps me everyday," she said.

Judge Steve Stice did not rule on a decision Friday of whether there was enough evidence to order the four suspects to trial. Instead, the case has been taken under advisement for the time being to review transcripts and evidence heard thus far.

Alize's mother, Destiny Smith, said she agreed, the case needs to be carefully considered by Stice.

"I want to make sure they have all of the evidence, all of the facts so that we can get justice for what these evil people did. I don’t want it to be rushed and brushed under the rug," she said. "So, if it takes a year or two, that’s what we want because we want them exposed for the people they are and what they did."

Destiny told News 4 she will never stop fighting for her son.

"I want justice for my son, justice for Alize, justice for Jarron. That’s what’s I want. I won’t rest until they get justice," she said. "As long as I’m on this earth, I’m going to stand for my son."

News 4 reached out to the attorneys for the suspects on Friday for a comment. We have not heard back yet.

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