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Billboards may help catch Oklahoma City fourth homicide suspect

JOHNNY JOHNSON Modified: July 21, 2009 at 5:55 am •  Published: July 21, 2009
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.

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Meyers 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. has disabled the comments for this article.