Fifth Suspect Arrested in Oklahoma Double Murder Case Linked to 'God's Misfits' Group

Two Kansas women kidnapped and murdered by members of an anti-government religious group in Oklahoma. Suspects arrested, investigation ongoing, communities mourn the victims.

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Fifth Suspect Arrested in Oklahoma Double Murder Case Linked to 'God's Misfits' Group

Fifth Suspect Arrested in Oklahoma Double Murder Case Linked to 'God's Misfits' Group

Oklahoma authorities have arrested a fifth suspect, 31-year-old Paul Grice, in connection with the kidnapping and murder of two Kansas women, Veronica Butler, 27, and Jilian Kelley, 39. The women disappeared on March 30, 2024, while driving to pick up Butler's children for a birthday party. Their bodies were found on April 14 in rural Texas County, Oklahoma.

Four other suspects - Tifany Adams, 54, Tad Cullum, 43, Cole Twombly, 50, and Cora Twombly, 44 - had previously been arrested and charged with first-degree murder, kidnapping, and conspiracy to commit murder. All five suspects are members of an anti-government religious group called 'God's Misfits' that held regular meetings at the Twomblys' home and another couple's residence.

The investigation revealed that the group had plotted for weeks to kill Butler, who was involved in a bitter custody battle with Adams, the paternal grandmother of Butler's children. Kelley was authorized to supervise Butler's visits with her children. Evidence suggests the group had previously tried to kill Butler in February by throwing an anvil through her windshield.

Why this matters: This shocking case highlights the dangers posed by extremist groups and the devastating consequences of child custody disputes turned violent. It also raises questions about how such groups operate under the radar and the challenges law enforcement faces in preventing such crimes.

According to authorities, the women were lured to a desolate location on March 30, where they were allegedly abducted by members of the 'God's Misfits' group. Their car was later found with signs of a "severe injury." The victims' bodies have not been found, and the Medical Examiner's Office is yet to release its report on the cause of death.

Grice has been charged with two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping, and one count of conspiracy to commit murder. He admitted to being involved in the planning and execution of the killings. All five suspects have been denied bond and are expected to make their first court appearance on Wednesday. Family members of the deceased were present at the courthouse to confront the alleged killers.

The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation announced Grice's arrest, emphasizing that the children are safe and the investigation is ongoing. The communities are remembering Butler and Kelley as more than just victims, with Butler being described as a dedicated nursing assistant and church member, and Kelley as a devoted wife and mother who found joy in simple pleasures. Their funerals are scheduled for the first week of May 2024.

Key Takeaways

  • 5th suspect, Paul Grice, arrested in kidnapping and murder of 2 Kansas women
  • Victims were members of anti-government religious group 'God's Misfits'
  • Group plotted to kill one victim, Veronica Butler, over custody battle
  • Victims' bodies not found, suspects charged with murder, kidnapping, conspiracy
  • Case highlights dangers of extremist groups and violent custody disputes