OKLAHOMA CITY – VERNON WAYNE BROCK, 69, of Alva, has been charged by complaint with hiring someone to commit murder, announced First Assistant U.S. Attorney Robert J. Troester.
According to an affidavit in support of an arrest warrant filed in federal court today, Brock hired a Kansas resident to commit a murder in Oklahoma City. The individual from Kansas is alleged to have contacted the FBI and cooperated in the investigation.
The affidavit states that Brock and the individual from Kansas are partners in Oklahoma vape shops and that Brock was upset with a former vape shop employee who refused to continue a sexual relationship with him. Brock allegedly wanted the individual from Kansas to arrange the murder of the former employee’s boyfriend in Oklahoma City in exchange for $5,000.
According to the affidavit, Brock identified the boyfriend by sending a picture to the individual from Kansas and confirming "that’s the guy we want dead." The affidavit includes several alleged quotes by Brock from recorded conversations between Brock and the individual from Kansas, including:
FBI agents arrested Brock on the afternoon of April 3, with the assistance of the Woods County Sheriff’s Office, after Brock delivered a $5,000 check to the individual from Kansas at a café in Harper, Kansas. Brock appeared this afternoon for an initial appearance before United States Magistrate Judge Shon T. Erwin.
If found guilty of murder-for-hire, Brock faces a potential penalty of ten years in prison, a fine of $250,000, and three years of supervised release.
This case is a result of an investigation by the FBI–Oklahoma City Field Office. Prosecuted by Assistant U.S. Attorney Ashley Altshuler, the case is part of Project Safe Neighborhoods, the centerpiece of the Department of Justice’s violent crime reduction efforts. Through PSN, a broad spectrum of stakeholders work together to identify the most pressing violent crime problems in the community and develop comprehensive solutions. As part of this strategy, PSN focuses on the most violent offenders and partners with local prevention and re-entry programs for lasting reductions in crime. To enhance local effectiveness, the Western District of Oklahoma has emphasized prosecution of federal gun crimes connected to domestic violence.
The public is reminded that these charges are merely allegations and that Brock is presumed innocent unless and until proven guilty beyond a reasonable doubt. Reference is made to public filings for more information.