Authorities continue search for suspect in alleged murder conspiracy

Tuesday, December 25th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

ENID, Okla. (AP) _ Garfield County authorities continued to search Monday for a fourth man suspected in a conspiracy to kill a family and a 14-year-old girl.

Sheriff Bill Winchester said deputies had not arrested Jamie Cox.

Authorities arrested Dustin Cox, 21, Chris Pembrook, 21, and Corey Best, 20, on Friday for allegedly trying to steal a cash machine from a Drummond bank. Jamie Cox eluded capture then.

The three men are in the Garfield County jail on complaints of conspiracy to commit murder, criminal conspiracy and attempted theft, Winchester said. Bail is set at $500,000 for each man.

Charges are expected when the Garfield County courthouse reopens after the holiday.

Police say during questioning, the men admitted plotting to kill a doctor and his family in a robbery of his home west of Enid, Winchester said.

``They had heard that there was a large amount of money there,'' he said.

They also allegedly planned to kill a 14-year-old girl from another family because she was able to identify their vehicle.

The girl hid in a bedroom when burglars broke into her house, Winchester said. She did not see any of the burglars but did view a vehicle through the window.

The doctor and his family have no ties to the men who were arrested, Winchester said, except that one of them may have done some work on the doctor's house and knew there was a safe inside.