20 Years Later Suspect Found: Abducted and Murdered Oklahoma Teenage Girls

April 25, 2018

It's been nearly 20 years since the horrendous event in 1999 when Ronnie Dean Busick and two others abducted and killed two teenage girls.

Around midnight on December 30, 1999, the three killers visited the Freeman home planning to sell one of the parent's drugs. Unexpectedly, the teens walked and witnessed the drug deal. Kathy and Danny Freeman were killed over a drug debt, and the house was set on fire while the girls took off running, the affidavit said.


According to the "Associated Press," the affidavit cited that Busick, 66, was speaking to an unnamed witness. The witness said that Busick was "running his mouth" about when he brutally tortured and kidnapped 16-year-old girls Ashley Freeman and Lauria Bible.

Busick also "bragged" about when they kept the girls "alive for several days" taking pictures while they were tied up. The suspects raped and tortured the teenage girls in a mobile home in Picher, Oklahoma.


The affidavit was released in a news conference on Monday, April 23. Busick is in custody at the Harvey County prison in Kansas.

The affidavit also stated that Busick said that the bodies of the girls are "in a pit in Pitcher."


The other two suspects were Warren Philip Welch II, 61, and David A. Pennington, 56. Welch died in 2007 and Pennington died in 2015.

Busick was charged on Monday with four counts of first-degree murder, four counts of accessory to first-degree murder, two counts of kidnapping, one count of arson, and one count of accessory to first-degree arson.


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