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Examining the Criminal Pasts of the Three 1999 Oklahoma Murder Suspects

Warren Welch Warren Welch
David Pennington David Pennington
Ronnie Busick Ronnie Busick

Oklahoma authorities have extradited the suspect in the 1999 killings of two adults and two teenage girls.  Ronnie Busick was taken from Harvey County, Kansas to Oklahoma.  He was charged this week with four counts of First Degree Murder in the killings of Danny and Kathy Freeman of Craig County, Oklahoma, and the disappearance of teenagers Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman.

Authorities say two other suspects have died.

The three suspects in this case have extensive criminal pasts.  The year 1999 will be something to remember as you read about these suspects' charges.  The suspects, individually, were charged with a variety of drug-related and domestic crimes both before and after the alleged murders of the two teens.

The court documents filed earlier this week state Warren Welch II organized the murders of Lauria Bible and Ashley Freeman, along with Ashley's dad and mom Danny and Kathy.  Welch himself died in 2007.  According to public records, before the alleged murders, Welch was sentenced in 1994 to the Kansas Department of Corrections for three felonies:  Attempted Aggravated Battery, Making a Criminal Threat, and Aggravated Assault.  After the alleged murders, Welch was arrested in 2000 by Picher, Oklahoma police and charged with Injury to a Child and Domestic Violence, both felonies. The Child Injury charge was dismissed.  Welch pleaded no contest to the Domestic Violence charge and received a deferred sentence.  Welch was also arrested in 2000 again by Picher police for First Degree Burglary and Assault and Battery, but those charges were later dismissed.

The other man who officials have called a suspect in this case is David Pennington, who died in 2015.  Pittsburg Police Department records show Pennington was convicted in 2002 with the Domestic Battery of his wife, received one year probation and a fine.

Ronnie Busick is the only suspect in this case who's still alive and can be held accountable for his actions, or defend himself against the allegations.  Busick has faced various drug-related convictions before and after the alleged murders of the teenagers.

The obituary for Welch in 2007 said his remains were to be interred near Columbus, KS.  Pennington's 2015 obituary stated he was a welder in Oswego and his body was to be buried in Chetopa.


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