Texas County Community Receives Answers Regarding Murders of Two Women

by Reporter Statesman Staff

Law enforcement authorities in Texas County, Oklahoma, have made significant progress in the investigation into the murders of two women, following the discovery of their bodies on Sunday. This discovery comes just one day after the arrest of four individuals on charges of murder and kidnapping, shedding light on the disappearance of Veronica Butler, 27, and Jillian Kelley, 39.

While the authorities have not officially confirmed the identities of the victims, they have stated that Butler and Kelley are not believed to be alive. Expressing condolences to the families of the victims, officials have indicated a clear connection between the two cases.

The four individuals apprehended and charged in connection with the crimes are Tad Bert Cullum, 43; Tiffany Machel Adams, 54; Cole Earl Twombly, 50; and Cora Gayle Twombly, 44. They face charges including two counts of first-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping, and one count of conspiracy to commit first-degree murder.

According to probable cause documents, Butler, one of the victims, was engaged in a custody battle with Adams, who happens to be the grandmother of Butler's children. Cullum is reported to be Adams' boyfriend, while the Twomblys are married.

The investigation has revealed that all four defendants were members of an "anti-government group with a religious affiliation" known as "God's Misfits," which held regular meetings, sometimes at the Twomblys' residence. Statements made by Cora Gayle Twombly's teenage daughter, recorded in the probable cause documents, indicate that the defendants had made previous attempts to harm Butler as early as February.

Events leading to the arrests unfolded on March 30 when Butler and Kelley failed to arrive to pick up Butler's children, as planned. Concerned family members discovered Butler's abandoned vehicle near the Texas-Oklahoma border and alerted the authorities. Evidence found at the scene, including bloodstains, broken glasses, and a pistol magazine, pointed towards foul play.

Further investigations into Adams' phone records revealed searches for items such as "taser pain level," "gun shops," and "how to get someone out of their house." Additionally, Adams had purchased stun guns and prepaid cellular phones leading up to the disappearance of Butler and Kelley.

Despite these developments, crucial details such as the recovery of the victims' bodies and the specifics of their alleged murders remain undisclosed. The FBI Oklahoma City Field Office has joined the investigation, providing a dedicated team to assist in the case.

The defendants are scheduled to appear in court for the first time on Wednesday at 10:30 a.m. ET, according to court documents. As the investigation continues, the community awaits further updates on this tragic case.