LAWTON, Okla._The tension was high in the courtroom Thursday morning as the two suspects accused of killing Jimmy Kemp made their first appearance before the judge.
21 year old Enrique Melendez was charged with first degree murder and first degree robbery while 21 year old LaQuinta Santos was charged with accessory to both the murder and robbery. The killing happened just last week when was originally called in as a man who had slipped and fell on the ice. It was later determined that Kemp was shot once in the back near a vacant apartment complex near NW 19th and Hoover on February 6th.
The affidavit released Thursday revealed that Melendez set up the drug deal with the intention of getting money back that Kemp had cheated him out of in a previous drug deal but the robbery did not go as planned. There's a pole with three surveillance cameras that caught the whole incident on tape near the scene. The affidavit revealed that the surveillance video captured the murder and from that video detectives were able to clearly identify a male wearing the exact same clothing as Enrique Melendez when he came to the police department for questioning.
Police say Kemp and two men were in this home smoking meth when they ran out and made plans to meet in the intersection of 19th and Hoover. They would park on the east side and that's where Kemp exited the vehicle and the other two men remained inside. After a couple minutes of waiting, they got nervous and moved the truck to a different parking spot. They would again wait; it was only minutes later that Kemp would emerge from the apartment complex before falling multiple times as he tried to make his way to the vehicle. Once the other two men saw the amount of blood he was losing they called 911.
Detectives located Kemp's cell phone inside that truck; they retrieved the number that he was texting prior to the murder, it came back as the number Enrique Melendez had previously provided to police. They brought him in but he denied that the number was his and that he had any knowledge of the murder. Another witness led police to Santos, Melendez's girlfriend. She admitted that Melendez was texting Kemp to setup the deal but planned to get money back that he said Kemp has cheated him out of in a previous drug deal.
Once Melendez returned home, he told Santos that he had shot Kemp. He also admitted to taking $40, a pack of cigarettes, a watch, and a video camera off of Kemp during the incident. Santos said that she told Melendez to get rid of the other stuff, so he placed the gun and watch in a bag and disposed of it.
The affidavit said that Melendez continues to deny any involvement but police have recovered the clothing that he was wearing in the surveillance video, the cell phone, Kemp's video camera, and drug paraphernalia consistent with the distribution of meth from the two suspects' homes.
Melendez's bond was set at $2 million out of fear that he will leave the country and Santos is being held on a $500,000 bond. Both of them are set to appear for their preliminary hearing on April 22nd.