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Another person from the 'God’s Misfits' anti-government group has been arrested for killing two mothers who went missing

Paul Grice, 31, is charged with two counts of first-degree murder. He is part of a group of four other defendants who are also facing the same charges. They are alleged to have murdered Veronica Butler, 27, and Jilian Kelley, 39.

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Paul Grice

Paul Grice, 31, has been accused of murder, kidnapping, and a plot to commit murder involving Veronica Butler, 27, and Jilian Kelley, 39. It is alleged that Grice assisted Tifany Adams, the grandmother of Butler’s children, in the abduction and murder of the two women. (Texas County Sheriff’s Department)

Cops in Oklahoma Authorities have made a fifth arrest in the case of the two women who disappeared and were later found deceased. The victims went missing and were subsequently discovered dead. This occurred in the context of a bitter custody dispute turning violent, as described by officials.

Paul Grice, 31, is now facing two charges of first-degree murder, two charges of kidnapping, and one charge of conspiracy to commit murder. He is joining four other individuals facing the same accusations: Tifany Adams, 54, her boyfriend, Tad Bert Cullum, 43, as well as Cora Twombly, 44, and her husband, Cole Earl Twombly, 50. They are accused of murdering Veronica Butler, 27, and Jilian Kelley, 39.

Adams, who is the grandmother on the father’s side of Butler’s two children, was involved in a dispute over custody with Butler.

As previously covered by Law&Crime, reports previously indicated thatButler and Kelley were traveling from their residences in southern Kansas to meet Adams with the intention of collecting the children on March 30. Butler had court-ordered visitation with her kids every Saturday, and Kelley was one of the individuals approved by the court to supervise the visit. Kelley stepped in as the substitute supervisor when the regular supervisor was unavailable, according to investigators. The two left around 9 a.m. to collect the children but never arrived at their destination..

Butler’s family members searched for her vehicle and discovered it abandoned shortly after noon on March 30 along Highway 95 and Road L in Texas County near the Kansas border. According to a probable cause affidavit, authorities found “evidence of severe injury,” including blood around the vehicle. Officers also retrieved Butler’s sunglasses and a broken hammer was found on the road, along with a pistol magazine in Kelley’s purse, but no pistol was present.

Veronica Butler and Jilian Kelley

Veronica Butler and Jilian Kelley were reported missing on March 30 in Texas County, Oklahoma, as they were on their way to collect Butler’s children. Four individuals are facing charges of murder and kidnapping. (Texas County Sheriff’s Office)

Investigators from the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation (OSBI) swiftly focused on Adams after learning about the custody dispute, as per the affidavit. Adams’ son, the father of the children, had full custody of the kids, but she often cared for them.

“From the beginning, once we arrived at the scene and gathered some initial information, we felt that this wasn’t a random occurrence,” stated Texas County Sheriff Matt Boley. “We believed it was more targeted, and we started to focus on those areas that were pointed out to us.”

Boley stated that his agency permitted the OSBI to lead the investigation. Detectives spoke with Adams, who allegedly claimed to have spoken with Butler on the morning of her disappearance. However, law enforcement debunked this, as they knew Butler and Kelley were on their way to meet Adams.

Agents also spoke with Butler’s lawyer who said a judge was about to give extended visitation to Butler. This apparently didn’t sit well with Adams. Police found recordings of Adams and Cullum allegedly making death threats toward Butler. Adams allegedly told family members that the custody battle wouldn’t last much longer because she “had it under control” and knew “the path the judge walked to work.” She also is accused of saying “we will take out Veronica at drop off.”

Investigators on April 3 talked to a teenage family member of the Twomblys. The girl allegedly said Cora Twombly told her that she, her husband, Adams, Cullum and Grice were involved in the murders. She said Adams had provided her co-conspirators with the burner phones to communicate without using their own phones, the affidavit said. Adams also allegedly bought five stun guns at a local store.

The Twomblys allegedly told the girl on the day of the murders that they were going on a “mission,” the affidavit said. The pair returned home around noon on March 30 and told the girl “things did not go as planned, but that they would not have to worry” about Butler again, investigators wrote.

Cora Twombly allegedly told the teenager how the plan was for her and her husband to block the road and throw an anvil through Butler’s windshield to divert them off the road to where Adams, Cullum and Grice were waiting. They allegedly wanted to make it “look like an accident” because anvils fall onto the highway all the time.

The teenager asked Cora Twombly why Kelley had to die and she replied that Kelley “wasn’t innocent” because she “had supported Butler,” the affidavit said. According to the affidavit, the suspects had tried to kill Butler outside her home in February but she refused to come out which explains the “how to get someone out of their house” search.

Oklahoma kidnapping suspects

Top: Tad Bert Cullum and Tifany Machel Adams; Bottom: Cole Earl Twombly and Cora Twombly. The four are facing murder and kidnapping charges in the disappearance of Veronica Butler and Jilian Kelley in rural Oklahoma. (Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation)

Investigators say data from the burner phones indicated the suspects were in the location of where Butler and Kelley went missing. The phones also show they then traveled about eight miles to another area of rural Texas County. Agents found a freshly dug hole near a dam. The affidavit does not describe the discovery of the bodies, but OSBI said agents found the bodies April 14. The Oklahoma Chief Medical Examiner’s Office positively identified the women and will determine a cause and manner of death.

Adams, Cullum and the Twomblys were arrested on arrested April 13. Adams also was previously elected by a “handful” of people as the Republican Party chair of Cimarron County, a small county in the far western part of Oklahoma’s panhandle.

Leanne Webb, who met Adams last year at a political event, told the New York Post that Adams was “unhinged.”

“She has a lot of strange beliefs, and thinks that the rest of the world is corrupt,” Webb told the Post. “It was all conspiracy theories and stuff that didn’t make any sense.”

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