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Gun, Kitty Litter Found in Truck After Brutal Murders of Two Kansas Moms

According to newly released court documents, Oklahoma investigators found a trove of evidence inside a pickup truck of two suspects facing murder charges in connection with slain mothers, Veronica Butler and Jilian Kelley.

As CrimeOnline previously reported, Tifany Adams, 54; Tad Cullum, 43; Cole Twombly, 50; and Cora Twombly, 44, have been charged with two counts of murder, two counts of kidnapping, and conspiracy in the deaths of  Butler, 27, and Kelley, 39, on March 30.

Police later arrested 31-year-old Paul Grice on the same charges.

Court documents obtained by journalist and podcaster, Lauren Conlin, indicated that police searched a 1991 Chevrolet pickup, belonging to Cole and Cora Twombly, after arresting the pair while they were in the vehicle.

Inside the truck, investigators found, in part, a .380 ACP Taurus handgun with a full magazine, one live round in the chamber, kitty litter used for absorption, trace DNA evidence, and digital evidence.

Documents also revealed that Cora Twombly’s daughter was instructed to clean the truck’s interior after Cora and Cole returned from their “mission.” The daughter’s friend also helped clean the truck and noticed a stain that appeared to be blood, court documents state

The documents also state that search warrants allowed investigators to dig at a cow pasture leased by Cullum, connected to the suspects by cell phone data.  Following two days of digging, investigators found a chest freezer containing the bodies of Butler and Kelley.

Search Warrant of Twomblys … by Leigh Egan

Other items found at the burial site — jeans, sweatshirts, t-shirts, a black jacket, cloth gloves, ball caps, duct tape, and a sheathed knife — had possible blood on them, the warrants said.

The victims’ bodies were found Sunday, a day after the four initial suspects were arrested, in rural Texas County about nine miles from where their car was found abandoned.

Prosecutors have not decided whether to seek the death penalty against the suspects. Four of them appeared Wednesday without attorneys present.

The story is developing. Check back for updates.

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