Wrongful death lawsuit filed against person of interest, wife in Okmulgee quadruple murders – FOX23 News

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OKMULGEE, Okla. — Family members of three of the four men who disappeared and were later found killed in a river earlier this month filed a wrongful death lawsuit against the person involved in the case, Joseph Kennedy, and his wife, Sandra Kennedy.

FOX23 got a copy of the lawsuitfiled in an Okmulgee County court on Tuesday morning.

The suit names Megan Gordon, Jessica Chastain and Karen Sparks as plaintiffs, on behalf of their relatives Billy Chastain, Mark Chastain and Mike Sparks respectively. Relatives are represented by Robert Seacat. He said the petition holds Joseph responsible for all three deaths.

“There’s a lot of circumstantial evidence at this point that points to Joseph Kennedy being the author and causing the deaths of these people,” Seacat said.

The petition alleges that Joseph “knowingly caused the deaths of Billy Chastain, Mark Anthony Chastain and Mikel Tyrel Sparks”, earlier this month.

FOX23 has reported extensively since Mark Chastain, Billy Chastain, Alex Stevens and Mike Sparks disappeared from Okmulgee earlier this month.

GPS recordings traced one of the men’s mobile phones to two separate salvage yards in Okmulgee, owned by Joseph, within hours of their disappearance.

After several days of searching, authorities found the four men’s dismembered bodies in the Deep Fork River. Police also said they found “evidence of a violent incident” at one of Joseph’s salvage yards. Around this time, Okmulgee Police named Joseph a person of interest.

Okmulgee Police also announced that Joseph was missing. He was later found in Florida, driving a stolen car.

Although no criminal charges have been filed against Joseph and police have not named him as a suspect in the murder case, Seacat said the evidence that has been released is sufficient to support this. sure. He said Joseph’s abrupt disappearance spoke volumes.

“He left. He himself disappeared, and apparently he was arrested in Florida in a stolen vehicle. These are the actions, in my opinion, of someone with a guilty mind who knows he has committed a crime and trying to avoid it,” Seacat said.

The petition seeks $75,000 in damages for each plaintiff and seeks a temporary injunction so that Joseph and Sandra cannot liquidate their assets.

Seacat said the injunction is the only reason Sandra is listed on the docket and she is not considered in the wrongful death allegations.

“I have no information that she was involved or complicit in the murders themselves. The only reason she is listed as a defendant was to obtain personal jurisdiction over her so that the injunction could also be directed against her,” he said.

Court records show Sandra filed for divorce on October 19, the same day Florida police arrested her husband. Seacat said the rankings got him moving quickly.

“Normally I probably wouldn’t have filed as quickly as I did, but on the 19th Sandra Kennedy filed a petition for dissolution of marriage, and in that filing she alleged that she should be awarded all their real estate,” Seacat said.

The divorce filing stated that Sandra and Joseph had “purchased several parcels of real estate in Okmulgee and McIntosh counties” and “all title and interest in said real estate should be vested in [Sandra.]”

The wrongful death lawsuit also alleges some time after the four men disappeared, Joseph and Sandra “sold all of the assets of a dumpster business they owned and operated to DC Hauling in Morris, Oklahoma.”

The lawsuit claims that Joseph disappeared shortly after this sale.

DC Hauling confirmed with FOX23 that they purchased four containers and a truck from Joseph on Friday, October 14. They said they wrote two checks for Joseph, one for $9,500 and one for $5,500.

DC Hauling said the deal was a normal business deal and they had no knowledge at the time of the criminal cases Joseph was involved in.

Seacat explained: “If I let this man and his family liquidate all his assets, there will be no compensation. There will be no justice for [the families]. That’s why I filed as quickly as I did, and why I asked for and got this temporary injunction.

On Tuesday, an Okmulgee District Court judge backed the request for a temporary injunction, writing “there is sufficient credible information provided to the Court that demonstrates that the defendants sold property and attempted to transfer quantities substantial amounts of property for the purpose of avoiding the plaintiff’s claims.

Blaine Frierson, Sandra’s attorney, said he would fight the injunction.

“We don’t think the injunction is appropriate. She half owns the businesses and she operates them on a daily basis,” Frierson said.

He continued: “We vehemently deny all allegations in the petition to my client as patently false, and if we have to go to court, we will prove it in court.”

Frierson plans to work with Seacat or take legal action over the injunction

“I hope I can settle this with the lawyer. I have known him for a long time, and if not, we will file a motion to dismiss in Okmulgee County District Court next week,” he said.

The lawsuit originally alleged in the filing that Sandra pawned numerous weapons to a local pawnshop right after Joseph was arrested. Seacat told FOX23 his office believed this because the deceased’s loved one thought he recognized a gun the pawnbroker had posted on social media.

Seacat explained that the loved one believed the gun belonged to the deceased. Law enforcement confirmed to Seacat on Tuesday that the weapon in question does not belong to the deceased and was not sold to the store by Sandra.

Seacat said he would edit the petition and remove any language regarding guns and the pawnshop.

A hearing for the temporary injunction is scheduled for November 4.

Editor’s note: This article has been updated with the latest information. All information in previous versions of this article was taken directly from court documents, which Seacat says will be amended.

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