Four people including a 16-year-old boy have charged in the deaths of two black men who were found dismembered and chained to cinder blocks in an Oklahoma City pond.
The bodies of Alize Smith and Jarron Moreland, both 21, were found April 18, according to police in the Oklahoma City suburb of Moore. Both men had been reported missing four days prior.
The boy’s older brother, mother and the mother’s boyfriend in the deaths of after what authorities say was a gun sale arranged on Craigslist that turned deadly.
Smith and Moreland both were black, while all four suspects are white, and the killings have received attention from bloggers and activists on social media with some comparing them to lynchings.
But the prosecutor handling the case said Thursday that the slayings are not believed to be racially motivated.
‘We definitely explored that, and the evidence absolutely shows that this was not racially motivated,’ said Cleveland County prosecutor Greg Mashburn, who does not plan to seek hate-related charges in the case.