Florida Police Arrest Man for “Execution Style” Murder of 4 People at Oklahoma Cannabis Facility
Associated Press reports that a man named Wu Chen was picked up in Miami Beach Florida on 22 November 2022 as a suspect in the quadraple slaying of three men and a woman of Chinese nationality at a licensed cannabis facility.
They appeared to have been shot execution style.
The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) said in a Facebook post that Chen, was taken into custody without incident “after a car tag reader flagged vehicle (sic) he was driving,”. He is expected to be extradited back to Oklahoma where he will be charged with murder and shooting with intent to kill.
The still unidentified murder victims include three men and one woman, all Chinese citizens, who authorities say appear to have been “executed.” Their bodies were discovered Sunday night on a 10-acre licensed cannabis farm west of Hennessey, about 55 miles northwest of Oklahoma City, according to the report. A fifth victim, also a Chinese citizen, survived the attack and was brought to a hospital.
Following the discovery, investigating authorities in Oklahoma said that they had a suspect in mind for the quadruple homicide but they withheld the name for safety purposes.
“The suspect was inside that building for a significant amount of time before the executions began,” OSBI said in a news release on Tuesday. “Based on the investigation thus far, this does not appear to be a random incident.”
Local police had initially responded to a reported hostage situation, according to the report.
A spokesperson for the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority confirmed to the AP there was an active medical cannabis cultivation license registered to the location of the murders but officials did not identify the business.
“It being a marijuana farm, obviously Oklahoma state law requires that they have a license from the Oklahoma Medical Marijuana Authority and from us. One of the things we’re looking at is, is it obtained legally or was it obtained by fraud? So that’ll be part of our investigation.” — Mark Woodward, spokesman for The Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control
Oklahoma voted to legalize medical cannabis in 2018 and the industry expanded quickly at first thanks to the state’s looser licensing restrictions than most other U.S. medical cannabis programs.