Members of the Metro Fugitive Squad spent their Monday morning searching hotels in El Reno for a homicide suspect with a Merle Haggard song title — "Mama Tried” — tattooed on his neck. James Elton McCandless Jr., 24, is the fourth person wanted in connection with the June 25 slaying of Richard Bradley Tucker, 38, who was found in his bed at his home on Belle Drive with a gunshot wound to the neck. Harlon Woodberry, spokesman for the Metro Fugitive Squad, said law officers searched Monday but did not locate McCandless. Oklahoma County sheriff’s spokesman Mark Meyers said county authorities have also partnered with Lamar Advertising to flash images of McCandless on nine digital billboards in the metro area.
Ads get resultsMeyers said Lamar Advertising began donating digital billboard space for high-profile fugitives about 18 months ago with good results. "There have been a couple of instances when we’ve put faces up on the bill boards and within two days they were captured,” Meyers said. McCandless has several identifying tattoos, including one on his forearm that reads "In loving Memory of Grandma” and another on his neck that reads "Mama Tried,” which refers to a country song about a young man serving a life sentence in prison, despite the fact that his mother tried to teach him the right way. Officers previously arrested Bradley Scott Sanders, 25. Two other suspects, Terri Nicole Rehm, 23, and her boyfriend, Jesse Dean Sattarella, 21, surrendered after their arrest warrants were issued last week. Police said Rehm was involved in a plot to rob Tucker and that she had been with him the night before her boyfriend and two other men busted into the house and shot Tucker.
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