Two white supremacists who recently lived in Spokane were charged Wednesday with the suffocation murders of an Arkansas couple and an 8-year-old girl.
Chevie O’Brien Kehoe and Danny Lewis Lee are charged in Pope County, Ark., with the 1996 murders of firearms dealer William Mueller, his wife, Nancy, and her daughter from a previous marriage.
Convictions for the triple murders could bring the death penalty.
The state murder charges come two weeks after reports of a federal racketeering indictment being sought in Little Rock against Kehoe and others, including Lee.
Kehoe and Lee, who are both 24, have been involved in neo-Nazi skinhead activities in Spokane and the Aryan Nations in North Idaho.
Lee’s skinhead buddies tagged him with the nickname “Cyclops” after he lost his left eye after being hit with a cue ball in a Spokane bar fight.
He was arrested Wednesday in Yukon, Okla., by a task force that included FBI and ATF agents and Pope County Sheriff Jay Winters.
Details of Lee’s arrest weren’t available, but authorities said it was made without incident.
Lee has been under surveillance for weeks as authorities in various jurisdictions pieced together evidence in the multi-state investigation.
He listed his name as Danny Lee Graham when booked into the Canadian County Jail in El Reno, Okla., jail authorities said.
During the investigation, the Arkansas sheriff and detectives traveled to Spokane and Colville, where authorities confirm they recovered key evidence in the murder case.
A paint sample taken from a pickup driven from Utah to Colville by Kehoe’s younger brother matches paint found on duct tape used to secure plastic bags pulled over the heads of the murder victims.
Their bodies were found in June 1996 in an Arkansas bayou.
The victims, along with their late-model Jeep and a trailer full of guns, ammunition and militia gear, disappeared in January 1996 after leaving their home in Tilly, Ark., for a gun show.
Authorities say the Muellers and Kehoes had met through gun shows and militia-survivalist activities.
Weapons and ammunition stolen from Mueller were transported from Arkansas to Spokane and stored for some time last year in a garage at The Shadows Motel and RV Park, 9025 N. Division, authorities say.
One of those stolen guns later was found in the possession of Spokane skinhead Sean Michael Haines, who was arrested in December at a freeway rest stop in Sioux Falls, S.D.
Chevie Kehoe is in custody in Ohio, where he and his brother Cheyne, 21, face charges in connection with a shootout in February captured on videotape.
Chevie Kehoe was arrested June 17 near Cedar City, Utah, a day after Cheyne Kehoe surrendered to the Stevens County sheriff in Colville.
David Gibbons, who sought the murder warrants in Russellville, Ark., wasn’t available for comment, but said in a prepared statement that he will seek Lee’s immediate extradition to Arkansas.
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