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Kim Oelke

Kim Oelke

A fifth person has been charged in the connection with a November murder-for-hire and appeared in court Wednesday afternoon.

Kim Curtis Oelke of Klamath Falls was arrested Tuesday for charges of abuse of a corpse and tampering with evidence. According to court documents, Oelke helped move Pedro Padilla’s body and submerge it in a pond at the 1500 block of Cross Road.

He is being held at the Klamath County Jail in lieu of $50,000 bail.

Other suspects charged in connection with the murder are Tori Hill, Corey Agard, Joshua Holloway and Julie Davis. Hill allegedly paid Agard $10,000 to shoot and kill Padilla in a Merrill home. According to court documents, Agard, Holloway, Davis and Oelke then removed Padilla’s body and submerged it. The group also allegedly removed evidence, including blood and discharge of a firearm from the crime scene.

Agard is charged with two counts of murder, conspiracy to commit murder, unlawful use of a weapon, felon in possession of a firearm, abuse of a corpse and three counts of tampering with evidence. Hill is charged with murder, conspiracy to commit murder, abuse of a corpse and two counts of tampering with evidence. Holloway is charged with murder and conspiracy to commit murder. Davis is charged with abuse of a corpse and two counts of tampering with evidence.