Suspect Arrested in the Murder of Local College Student - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

4/2/08

Suspect Arrested in the Murder of Local College Student

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Bradford McIver Bradford McIver

Four and a half hours after NewsChannel 11 first broke the story that Lubbock authorities had issued an arrest warrant for 19-year-old Nathan Lee Lemer, Missouri law enforcement makes the arrest.

Lemer is held on a warrant for capital murder in the death of 19-year-old Bradford McIver. On March 17th, friends went to check on McIver, after not seeing him for a few days. They found him stabbed to death inside his Indiana Village Apartment in North Lubbock.

Lemer remains locked-up in Missouri as of 6 p.m. Wednesday. Police say they hope to extradite him back to Lubbock within the next few days.

Missouri authorities arrested Lemer just after 10:30 p.m. Tuesday night. They found him in at a home in Salem, Missouri, which is about 800 miles away from Lubbock.

Investigators say Lemer bought a bus ticket using an alias, and went to Rolla, Missouri. From there, he went to Salem. Police say they're not sure of the relationship between Lemer and the folks he was staying with in Salem.

Authorities are hoping Lemer's arrest will help them find out how he knew McIver, what happened inside McIver's apartment herein Lubbock and why.

"We know that they are acquaintances, as to what degree we're not 100% sure if they were best friends, very good friends, or just acquaintances.  We're still not 100% sure on that.  Hopefully when we're able to interview the suspect we can clear some of those things up," said Capt. Greg Stevens with the Lubbock Police Department.

Lemer is being held on a capital murder charge. Investigators say that's because he allegedly committed another crime during the murder. As of now, police have not released what that other crime may be.

Lubbock Police also say their investigation is ongoing, and they have not ruled out the possibility of other suspects in this case.

Tonight on NewsChannel 11 at 10 we'll hear from McIver's friends about how they feel about the arrest.

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