TULSA, Oklahoma - By the time Tulsa police found Wayne Bell’s body back in the summer of 2013, the former juvenile detention center counselor had been dead for hours.

His body was found the morning of June 28, 2013, by the curbside trash can outside his north Tulsa home in the 4500 block of East Young Court. It had likely been there more than seven hours.

As the 48-year-old’s homicide remained unsolved, theories ran rampant. Bell’s home had been shot up twice before, and police alleged some of his sons had gang ties. Had it been a gang hit gone wrong? 

After more than three years of waiting, police believe they have their answer due to a twist of fate.

Brennon Lovett, a 32-year-old last convicted in 2007 of distributing marijuana, confessed to the shooting after being arrested last month. Lovett, also identified in some records as Brennan Lovett, allegedly attempted to shoot a man in the back July 29 near Third Street and Lewis Avenue when he was spotted by an off-duty Kiefer police officer working as a security guard.

The officer, Martin Ramos, told News On 6 Lovett asked the victim for help in an alley, then tried to shoot him. Ramos yelled at Lovett, who fired a shot that missed its target.

Lovett fled and was arrested later that day. When officers got him back to the police station for questions, they said he confessed to not just the botched shooting earlier that day but to five others, including Bell’s death.