Inmate Missing Since 1999 Surrenders in Oklahoma

Apr 26, 2013

David Lee Kemp
Credit Comanche County Detention Center

LAWTON, Okla. (AP) — Authorities in Oklahoma say a murder suspect who's been on the run since a brazen jail escape with eight other inmates in 1999 has turned himself in.

David Lee Kemp was the only inmate to elude capture after escaping the Comanche County jail on March 11, 1999. He was awaiting trial on two first-degree murder counts in the killings of his ex-wife and her boyfriend. Authorities say the inmates escaped after overpowering a guard using a large barbecue fork.

Comanche County Sheriff Kenny Stradley says Kemp was arrested early Friday. Jail records show Kemp, now 43, was booked in the jail at about 1:40 a.m.

The FBI says Kemp was spotted in Las Vegas and may have visited Phoenix and Louisiana. FBI spokesman Rick Rains says Kemp turned himself in.