- Associated Press - Friday, February 5, 2016

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - A 17-year-old and a 19-year-old have been charged with first-degree murder after police say they attempted to retaliate against people who stole marijuana from them.

The Norman Transcript (https://bit.ly/1milqXX) reports that Anthony Bing Alexander Mundell, 19, and a Mathias Harley Oropeza, 17, were charged Thursday in Cleveland County District Court in the death of 41-year-old Kenneth Keeling on Dec. 14. Oropeza is being charged as an adult in the case.

Mundell told police during a non-custodial interview that the pair went to the residence of their friend who had given Oropeza the marijuana to sell. The two wanted to get a gun to “retaliate” after three individuals robbed them of marijuana and a cell phone.

Mundell said their friend was mad when he found out what happened. The three drove back to the apartment where the robbery occurred.

Court documents say Mundell and Oropeza walked around the complex and then told their friend, who had remained in the car, that they found the people who they thought robbed them. Mundell told police their friend got out of the car, walked around the corner and started shooting in the people’s direction.

A bullet hit Keeling, who was standing outside of his apartment. Norman police responded to the incident around 10 p.m. when they found him on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound. Keeling was later pronounced dead at a local hospital.

Mundell and Oropeza are being held in Cleveland County jail without bond. It wasn’t immediately clear if they have attorneys.

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Information from: The Norman Transcript, https://www.normantranscript.com

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