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4/18/08

All Six Murder Suspects In Custody

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All six people suspected in the brutal murder of Lubbock teen Bernard Wilson are in jail. The sixth and final suspect was arrested Friday afternoon in Louisiana.

The victim's remains were found in December of 2005 in Yellow House Canyon, but it wasn't until this past February that he was positively identified as 17-year-old Bernard Wilson.

The final suspect, now in custody is 35-year-old Keyairra Brown. The other five suspects are Thamar Snyder, 29, who drove from Arizona and surrendered to Lubbock police; Wanda Wilson, 42, and her son, Leslie Evans, 21, who were arrested in Detroit; and both Carnell Littlejohn and Joe Ragan were taken into custody in Lubbock.

Keyairra Brown was found in Spring Hill, Louisiana just south of the Arkansas border.

With this last arrest the Lubbock Sheriff's Department calls today "a good day." And, as you can imagine, the family of Bernard Wilson says they're relieved.

"It's been an emotional roller coaster for us and it's finally starting to come to an end so we're really relieved," said Sharhonda McMurray, Bernard Wilson's sister.

"It's good in the aspect that we were actually able to get these six apprehended in a relatively short time frame," added Major Don Carter with the Lubbock Sheriff's Office.

US Marshals took Brown into custody just after 2 p.m. Friday after a credible call came into the Lubbock Sheriff's Office identifying Brown's location.

Now it's the job of the sheriff's department to get her back to Lubbock, but that task could be more difficult than just going to get her.

"She didn't turn herself in so there's a possibility she may not waive her extradition from one state to another. If that's the case, we'll have to seek a governor's warrant which would mandate her to come back - usually that's a 30 day process," said Major Carter.

If extradition is waived, those 30 days turn into a maximum of 10. And when Brown is finally back in Lubbock, the case will be fully in the hands of the district attorney's office.

"They'll present the additional information, provide it to a grand jury for indictment and proceed to court," said Major Carter.

"I just don't want anyone to have to go through what my brother went through much less even the families to have to go through this," added McMurray.

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