Cleveland County Police Department

White Men Charged For Killing, Burning and Dismembering Two Black Men

Amanda Cooper
May 04, 2018 - 12:21 pm
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The families of Alize Ramon and Jarron Keonte Moreland are grieving the murder of the two men that went missing on April 14th. Cleveland County Police said that Ramon and Moreland met with two males in a local grocery store parking lot to sell a gun from their ad on Craigslist. However, instead of buying the firearm, one of the two men they were meeting shot and killed them.

This murder has drawn nationwide attention due to the gruesome nature of disposal of the bodies. Police reports state that when Moreland and Smith entered the vehicle to meet with Kevin Garcia-Boettler,22 and his teenage brother, 19 to sell the teen a gun from their ad on Craigslist.  The two white men told police that they heard a gun being racked," and the teen fired four rounds and killed the men.

After killing Smith and Moreland, the Garcia-Boettler brothers enlisted their mother's boyfriend Johnny Shane Barker, 43 to help dismember and dispose of the bodies. Baker told police they burned the men's clothing and tied cinder blocks to their feet before dumping them in a pond.

On April 28, police found the dismembered body parts in a nearby pond. According to court documents, detectives found the vehicles were the shooting occurred at the Boettler home. Police reports state that After looking inside, they found cleaning products and a power washer. There was also dried blood on the ceiling of the van and a bucket of water with a chainsaw bar and several jigsaw blades soaking inside. 

Cleveland County Officers arrested Brett Boettler, 16, and charged him with first-degree murder, second-degree murder, unlawful removal of a dead body, desecration of a human corpse, and possessing a firearm after delinquent adjudication. Kevin Garcia-Boettler, 22, admitted to disposing of the bodies and was charged with accessory after the fact and unlawful removal of a dead body. Johnny Shane Barker, 43, their mother's boyfriend, admitted to disposing of the bodies and cleaning the van to prevent any evidence being detected. He was charged with accessory after the fact, unlawful removal of a body and desecration of a human corpse. Lastly, the brothers' mother, Crystal Rachelle Boettler, 40, was also been charged with accessory after the fact.