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  • Writer's pictureDennis McCaslin

Xayakesone brothers returned to Fort Smith to face Capital Murder charges

A pair of brothers who had been on the lam for 16-years were returned to Fort Smith after their extradition from California to face charges 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.

When Fort Smith had a list of their most wanted criminals posted on the police department website, the Xayakesone brothers topped the list for years.

On Tuesday, September 1, the pair was 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 14, 2004.

Both men were booked into the Sebastian County Detention Center at approximately 8:30 pm. om Monday on a charge of Capital Murder. The brothers remain behind bars on a no bond hold as of 7:45 p.m. on Tuesday.

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