BY SHARON ROWEN
News Staff Writer
BLACKWELL — Three years ago today the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation obtained an arrest warrant for now 32-year-old Luis Octavio Frias, who is wanted for the murder of 29-year-old Janett Reyna.
Reyna was stabbed to death on Aug. 8, 2013 in her apartment located in the 1000 block of South 10th Street in Blackwell, two days after she filed for a protective order against Frias.
The couple had three children together.
The medical examiner reported she suffered multiple stab wounds to the abdomen, chest and face as well as defensive stab wounds to her hands and arms.
Frias’ mother, Atocha Beltran Pereza, 54, was arrested and later found guilty by a jury of accessory after the fact in the murder. She was convicted of washing off the murder weapon and sending police in the wrong direction.
She was sentenced to 20 years in prison.
Neshie Sherree Niemeyer, 28, Ponca City, entered a guilty plea to a felony count of accessory to murder and received a 10-year deferred sentence. She was convicted of helping Frias leave the area.
At the time of the murder, Frias was described as 5-11 and weighed 200 pounds. He was last seen running from the 100 block of Jefferson.
Blackwell Police Chief DeWayne Wood said he never has to be reminded of the anniversary.
“I remember Aug. 8 well,” said Wood. “I remember getting the call at 8:40 a.m. and working the next 12 hours and then going home and trying to look happy as I ate cake with my family. It still drives me crazy that Frias has not been captured. I can promise there are people with the best resources working on the case and we will get him. He will end up back in Kay County and when he does it will be a good day for Blackwell. Just because he has not been captured does not mean we have stopped looking. Janett’s murder is not forgotten. We will get him. I know someone out there knows something and I encourage them to call me. The smallest thing may help.”
District attorney Brian Hermanson said, “We are still concerned about Mr. Frias being on the loose. We are prepared to prosecute him if he is apprehended by authorities.”
Anyone with information on Frias’ location is urged to call Blackwell police at 580-363-5490 or OSBI at 1-800-522-8017 or 911.
Bond for Frias is endorsed at $5,000,000.
Luis Octavio Frias