17-Year-Old Indicted on Murder Charges After Being Accused of Killing Cousin - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

12/12/05

17-Year-Old Indicted on Murder Charges After Being Accused of Killing Cousin

A 28-year-old Lamesa man is dead and his 16-year-old cousin is behind bars. Randall McKnight is now in Dawson county jail on a $1 million bond after the grand jury indicted him on murder charges. NewsChannel 11's Jennifer Vogel has the timeline of events that tore a family apart.

"Something didn't seem right, my brother would've called." That's when Nancy Lopez Torres went to police and filed a missing persons report. Then, later that day on November fourth, Lamesa police were led to a house where they dug up the body of Michael Lopez. "My brother didn't ask to be murdered."

On November first, Randall McKnight and Michael Lopez were last seen at Town and Country. It was just three days later police would find Lopez's body. Nancy says, "He (McKnight) said he picked up my brother and dropped him off and that was the end of it."

An attorney for the McKnight family took police to the body. Lopez was buried in a shallow grave just feet away from McKnight's home. Six weeks later police found enough evidence to arrest and indict the 17-year-old.

Chief Garcia from Lamesa police said, "It's a reward to talk to the family and say at least we've got an indictment so far."

When Randall McKnight was asked if he would like to make a comment, he remained silent.

While the arrest is appreciated by Michael's sister, she says the empty void left by Michael's death could never be filled. "It's sickening to know we're without my brother my daughter's uncle, my parent's son without him in our family and they're having a warm meal and enjoying their holiday and we're suffering."

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