Brett Boettler, 16, is facing first and second-degree murder charges in the deaths of two black men whose dismembered bodies were found chained to cinderblocks, while his family all face accessory charges in a reported “gun sale gone bad,” The Associated Press reports. Alize Smith and Jarron Moreland’s bodies were found dismembered in an Oklahoma City pond after being reported missing for four days.
While Boettler, along with his brother Kevin Garcia-Boettler, mother Crystal Boettler and her boyfriend Johnny Barker are all white, authorities say the crime was not racially motivated.
“We definitely explored that, and the evidence absolutely shows that this was not racially motivated,” said Cleveland County prosecutor Greg Mashburn.
The murders are still part of many conversations across social media comparing them to lynchings.
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