On Tuesday, the Pleasant Hill Police Department identified Luther Lee, of Columbus Georgia, as an accessory in the planned marijuana deal that ended in the robbery and shooting death of Oshry Elor on April 7th.
The shooting occurred at 11:14 pm in the 2100 block of Norse Drive where Elor was found deceased in the residence.
On April 9th, through investigative leads, Pleasant Hill Police Detectives determined that Lee was traveling eastbound through Arizona on Interstate 40, possibly en-route to Georgia. With this information, the Arizona Department of Public Safety was contacted and requested to be on the lookout for Lee as he drove on Interstate 40.
Arizona State Troopers located the vehicle in which Lee was traveling and conducted a traffic stop. During this contact, Lee and two others exited the vehicle.
Lee was arrested on an outstanding warrant previously obtained by Pleasant Hill Police Detectives. A remaining occupant, later identified as Keith Jones, out of Cusseta Georgia, fled in the car.
Arizona State Troopers pursued Jones for approximately 90 miles at speed in excess of 120 mph. Jones’ vehicle tires were deflated with the use of a spike strip after crossing the New Mexico state border. Jones was then taken into custody without incident.
With this information, along with other investigative efforts, Pleasant Hill Police Detectives were able to identify Jones as the shooter in the death of Oshry Elor.
Pleasant Hill Police will seek charges of PC 187, PC 212.5, PC 190.2(a), PC 459 and PC 182 against Jones. Pleasant Hill Police will seek charge of PC 182, PC 187 and PC 212.5 against Lee. The two additional occupants in the vehicle were not charged with a crime and were released from custody.
Keith Jones, age 29, is being held at the McKinley County Adult Detention Center in New Mexico for the murder of Oshry Elor.
Luther Lee, age 24, is being held at the Navajo County Detention Center in Arizona on charges of conspiracy to commit robbery and murder.
Anyone with further information is encouraged to contact the Pleasant Hill Police Department at (925)288-4600.
Prepared by Lieutenant Scott Vermillion #364. April 10, 2018 at 1:30 PM