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Durham Murder Victim's Vehicle Found In Oklahoma

Posted February 11, 2005 5:19 a.m. EST

— Oklahoma state troopers stopped a stolen truck connected to a Durham homicide early Friday in Sequoia County, Oklahoma.

Authorities said the truck was occupied by 20-year-old Keith Wade Kidwell of Durham. The 2004 burgundy Ford F150 truck belonged to Crayton Nelms, who was killed early Thursday at the Kangaroo convenience store on North Roxboro Road.

Investigators had put out a national law enforcement on the stolen vehicle and Oklahoma officers learned that it had been stolen when they stopped Kidwell for a traffic violation.

Kidwell, who was the sole occupant of the vehicle, has been charged with possession of a stolen vehicle. He was also arrested on an old Durham warrant charging him with obtaining property by false pretense.

Nelms, 45, was a clerk at the Kangaroo. He was found dead inside the store around 3:20 a.m. on Thursday. Nelms had been murdered, but the exact cause of death has not been determined at this time. Investigators believe robbery was the motive.

Kidwell has not been charged with murder, but investigators are looking at him as a possible suspect.