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Four held in execution-style slaying in Oakland Park

Four men have been arrested in the October execution-style killing of a man outside an Oakland Park apartment complex, the Broward Sheriff's Office said Friday.

The family of Kelvin Devon Walden, 21, of Fort Lauderdale, found him dead inside a parked car at the Crystal Lake apartments on Oct. 27. He had been shot in the head.

Charged in his slaying were Cedric Odoms, 33, of Pompano Beach, and Vincent Hawthorne, 20, William Sanctious, 26, and Dontavious Smith, 22, all from Fort Lauderdale.

Walden and Hawthorne allegedly schemed to defraud a credit union by using bad checks, and Hawthorne thought Walden had kept more than his share of the cash, the Sheriff's Office said.

Hawthorne decided to rob his accomplice and recruited the other three men to lure Walden to the apartment complex, at 4100 NW 21st Ave., officials said. Outside the complex, the group stole a few of Walden's belongings, and Odoms fired one shot into Walden's head, killing him, the Sheriff's Office said.

Walden's family began searching for him the night of Oct. 26 after he went to Crystal Lake and stopped answering phone calls, his family said.

After a family member found the car the next day, Kelvin Walden's mother, Conchita Walden, arrived and opened the car door. Her son's body fell into her arms, the family said.

Deputies spent months investigating, and on Friday Odoms became the final suspect arrested. A sheriff's SWAT team and homicide detectives found him at a Pompano Beach home. Odoms reportedly threatened to "shoot it out" with officers, but he was arrested without incident as he fled through the backyard.

Hawthorne and Smith were arrested Jan. 7 in Broward. Hawthorne and Odoms have been charged with first-degree murder. Smith was charged with armed robbery.

Earlier this month, Sanctious was driving an 18-wheeler in Elizabeth, N.J., where officers arrested him outside a strip club, officials said. Sanctious is charged with armed robbery, but also is facing a charge of being an accessory after the fact to first-degree murder.

The additional charge stems from Sanctious' setting fire to some of the items that were stolen from Walden during the robbery, officials said.

Hawthorne and Sanctious had no criminal history, but Odoms and Smith have previous convictions, state records show.

Odoms has pleaded guilty to robbery, possession of burglary tools, third-degree grand theft, cocaine possession, and possessing, purchasing or selling marijuana. Smith has pleaded no contest to grand theft, disorderly conduct, unlawfully using a fake identity and falsely claiming ownership of a pawned item.

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