Nearly 41/2 years ago, three members of one family were shotgunned to death in the middle of the night at their rural Alabama home.
Friday, a member of that family was arrested in Oklahoma City by federal and local law enforcement officers and accused of killing his mother, father and older brother in Ozark, Ala.
Jason Hunter Culverhouse, 23, was arrested by members of the U.S. Marshals' Service Metro Fugitive Squad at an Oklahoma City truck stop. Culverhouse was indicted Thursday in Alabama and charged with the triple-homicide, said Phil Lakey, deputy U.S. marshal in Oklahoma City.
"He's been the prime suspect for 41/2 years and they just recently developed the evidence to be able to indict him," Lakey said.
Alabama authorities now have a witness who allegedly discussed the killings with Culverhouse, Lakey said.
Alabama authorities had informed federal marshals that Culverhouse, a trucker, would likely be traveling through Oklahoma City on Friday, Lakey said. Culverhouse was driving an 18-wheel tractor-trailer rig that he owned and officers had a complete description of the truck with identification numbers, he said.
Surveillance was set up along Interstate 40 and Culverhouse's rig was spotted shortly after 1 p.m., Lakey said. Surveillance was maintained until Culverhouse stopped at the Truck Stops of America on Council Road and Interstate 40 in Oklahoma City, he said.