A man questioned in the disappearance of a Weatherford teen in October was arrested along with another man in connection with an Oklahoma City homicide that happened in September, authorities said.
Gilberto Paz, 37, and Curtis Southerland were arrested on warrants Wednesday, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control spokesman Mark Woodward said. Southerland's age was not available.
Paz was already being held on a bench warrant stemming from a weapons charge in Custer County, and Southerland was arrested by Oklahoma City police Wednesday afternoon, Woodward said.
Paz and Southerland are accused of killing Jonathon Kyle Patton, 23, on Sept. 10. A man with a gunshot wound arrived at a hospital, and told police he'd been shot at 12900 Kerns Road, which is near SE 134 and Choctaw Road. Patton was found at the home with trauma to his body.
Investigators stumbled across leads in the case while investigating the disappearance of 16-year-old Jaray Mickell Wilson, who was last seen Oct. 15 in Weatherford. Paz had previously been interviewed by Custer County deputies about her disappearance, but they were unable to link him to her disappearance.
Agents from the bureau's human trafficking unit developed leads in the Patton homicide while searching for Wilson, Woodward said.
“We don't have anything right now that directly ties them to Jaray Wilson's disappearance,” Woodward said.
But even though Paz was only arrested on a weapons charge in October, he was not cleared in her disappearance.
Woodward said agents have not uncovered evidence that points to Wilson being kidnapped or sold to a human trafficking ring.
“We have not been able to point in one single direction. We're getting some leads, and that's positive. With the arrests today, hopefully that will get someone who knows something to speak out,” Woodward said.