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'Tired' of running, inmate missing since 1999 surrenders in Oklahoma

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By The Associated Press
Friday, April 26, 2013, 8:12 p.m.
 

OKLAHOMA CITY — After 14 years on the run from the FBI and tips from witnesses in two countries, David Lee Kemp turned himself over to authorities in southwest Oklahoma early Friday morning, local authorities said.

Kemp, of Lawton, Okla., was the only inmate to elude capture in an escape with eight other inmates in March 1999 while awaiting trial on in the killings of his ex-wife and her boyfriend.

Comanche County Sheriff Kenny Stradley said Kemp told police he was done running.

“He said that he was just tired basically of running and it was affecting his health,” Stradley said.

Kemp was taken into custody at 1:40 a.m. on charges of felony first-degree murder and escaping from a county jail, a misdemeanor.

The sequence of events leading up to his arrest started at a rest stop on Interstate 44, Stradley said, when Kemp knocked on the window of a sleeping truck driver.

“He said, ‘I need you to call Comanche County Sheriff's department to come up here. I need to talk to them,” Stradley said.

A deputy arrived, told Kemp he looked familiar and asked for Kemp's name. When Kemp told him, he was immediately arrested.

The bodies of Christina Cremer and her boyfriend, Robert Miller, were found in August 1998, riddled with bullets in their Lawton apartment. Kemp was apprehended by police in California days later and taken to Comanche County.

He and fellow inmates overpowered a guard with a large grilling fork. Most were recaptured the same day. Kemp was the subject of the “America's Most Wanted” and “Unsolved Mysteries” TV shows.

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