• Dennis McCaslin

Arrest of brothers in California thaws out 2004 Fort Smith cold case


On Wednesday, September 2, the Fort Smith Police Department was notified by the FBI of two arrests in the 2004 Murder of Adelio Romero.


Brothers Kenny and Keimty Xayakesone fled the area when they learned FSPD Investigators were looking at them as suspects. They remained at large for 16 years and were featured on America’s Most Wanted.


On Tuesday, September 1, the pair were taken into custody by authorities in Fresno, California. They have been on the run since late 2004, and had active warrants for first-degree murder in the shooting death of Mr. Romero, which occurred on July 4, 2004.


Detectives in Fresno were able to apprehend both without incident.



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