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May 13, 2024 10 mins
A routine welfare check in Oklahoma took a dark and unexpected twist when a man sitting on the side of the highway confessed to a chilling crime that had remained unsolved for over seven years.
Joseph Tyler Beck, 28, shocked law enforcement officials last week when, without provocation, he admitted to choking 19-year-old Jennifer Kyli Molloy to death inside her apartment near the University of Central Oklahoma on October 5, 2016.
According to police reports, Beck's confession came during a conversation with a state trooper who was responding to a report of a man on the highway. Dressed in a Super Mario T-shirt, Beck voluntarily divulged details of his involvement in the 2016 Edmond death.
"The things he was saying added up to our investigation," stated Emily Ward, a spokesperson for the Edmond Police Department, during an interview with News9.
Beck allegedly confessed that he had known Molloy and had been attracted to her. His intention that fateful night was reportedly to rape her, but when she asked him to leave, he became enraged and proceeded to choke her until she died.
For Molloy's family, the revelation brought shock and devastation. They expressed disbelief that Beck, whom they had known for decades and who had recently attempted to make plans with them, could commit such a heinous act.
"Growing up with Joseph, he was the nicest guy, he was the sweetest guy," remarked Christina Stanfiel, Molloy's sister, in an interview. "You would never think anything ill-mannered from him, and to know this happened and that he did this over something so stupid."
Despite their grief, Molloy's family expressed relief that Beck had been arrested and charged with first-degree murder. However, they lamented the years of uncertainty and the toll it had taken on them.
"It's been a long seven-and-a-half years," said Johnny Molloy, the victim's father. "I've been waiting on this for a long, long time, and I never really thought it would happen."
Johnny Molloy described his initial feelings upon learning of Beck's arrest as shock and anger. He emphasized his desire for justice to be served swiftly and decisively.
"The good Lord works in mysterious ways, and he's haunted that man every day, and I hope he continues to," Molloy declared. "This man has taken so much from my family, and I'm glad he's in jail."
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