JASPER COUNTY, Mo. — The Jasper County Double Homicide Investigation releases the names of the two victims from Sunday in Avilla. Mason McClure, 34, the resident of 255 Greenfield, and Nicole Hodges, 34, Joplin, were the victims found in the residence. Autopsies were conducted Monday. Preliminary results indicate that both of them died as a result of multiple gunshot wounds.
Jasper County has arrested Kevin Johnson, 24, of Reeds, Missouri and he is being held on two charges of First Degree Murder and two charges of Armed Criminal Action in the Jasper County Jail.
Sheriff Randee Kaiser states that their investigation is connected to the Newton County Homicide Investigation on Saturday.
Sheriff Chris Jennings states the body of the female, is now identified as Brylee Obanion, 25. She was discovered by a passerby in the east ditch of the road around 4:00 PM. Her cause of death was determined to be suffocation, then her body was burned.
Sheriff Jennings also stated that “Our investigation in tracking the last known whereabouts of [Brylee Obanion] led us to Jasper County. 2 individuals of interest were being sought by Newton County Detectives for questioning after information was received that they had recently been with the victim. At this point Jasper County Deputies also became involved.
A double homicide was discovered in Jasper County at this time. Deputies from both agencies believe the homicides are connected. The investigations are continuing with both Newton and Jasper County Deputies working together.“
In a Probable Cause Affidavit filed Monday in Jasper County, Johnson spoke candidly to investigators after waiving his miranda rights.
“[Kevin] Johnson admitted to going to 255 Greenfield Street in Avilla on Saturday 2-20-2021 to see his girlfriend Brylee Obanion. When he arrived he was told by Mason McClure that McClure and Hodges had killed Obanion. At this time Johnson stated he was asked to go to the garage and help McClure with something. Johnson drew a firearm and started shooting. McClure was shot in the back and Hodges fell away bleeding. Hodges also died from her wounds on the scene.”