Oklahoma prosecutors formally charged a man with four counts of first-degree murder on Friday, about two weeks after he allegedly killed four workers at a marijuana farm and fled the state.
Chen Wu, 45, was arrested in Florida on Nov. 22 after a car tag reader flagged his vehicle.
Prosecutors wrote in court papers that Wu went to the pot farm, located about 55 miles northwest of Oklahoma City, and demanded hundreds of thousands of dollars he invested in the pot. ‘operation.
“Eyewitnesses to the murders said that [Wu] demanded that $300,000 be given to him by other employees of the marijuana operation, in return for a portion of his ‘investment’ in the business,” Assistant District Attorney Austin Murrey wrote in a statement. documents filed in court. “The fact that he could not be released immediately is what precipitated the mass murder.”
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Four Chinese nationals were killed in the shooting and a fifth person was injured.
Medical marijuana was legalized in Oklahoma in 2018. At least 75% of each operation must be owned by an Oklahoma resident, but the license application at the farm where the quadruple homicide took place was obtained fraudulently, according to the KFOR.
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Prosecutors have filed a motion to have Wu held without bond. A lawyer for Wu was not listed in court records.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.