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David Lee Kemp Captured

LAWTON Okla_ One of the most notorious jail escapees in the United States is back behind bars in Comanche County. Sheriff Kenny Stradley said David Lee Kemp turned himself in Thursday night.

You may remember, Kemp escaped from the old Comanche County Jail back in 1999. He was awaiting trial for the August 1998 shooting deaths of his ex-wife Christina and her boyfriend Robert Miller.

"The deputy said, 'What is your name?', and he said, 'My name's David Kemp,'" said Sheriff Kenny Stradley.

Kemp has been on America's Most Wanted List. Stradley had been waiting on the moment Kemp would turn himself in for 14 years.

"When I first got the call, it was my deputy. He was saying 'Hey, Sheriff. Guess what, guess what?!' said Stradley.

It all started when a truck driver who had pulled over to sleep in a rest area near mile marker 61 on I-44 said a man banged on his window and asked him to call law enforcement. When the deputy arrived, Kemp admitted who he was and was placed under arrest. He was then taken back to the Sheriff's Department in Lawton.

"As he came walking towards me, I recognized it was him. He said, 'Hello Sheriff Stradley.' 'Wow!' That's what I thought. This has weighed on my mind for a long, long time, because again, he was incarcerated here. He left when I was in charge of this jail."

That was more than a decade ago. The sheriff's department, the FBI and U.S. Marshals have been looking for him since.

"It's been a long 14 years for me and him and us trying to find him," said Stradley. "He did make a statement that he was tired of running, and he felt like it was affecting his health. He was just ready to give up."

Stradley said now that is Kemp back behind bars, he can finally stand trial and give the families involved some peace. The sheriff said he's finally accomplished something that has been on the top of his list.

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