BYRON D. LANG (mug shot Howard County, TX)--CAPTURED BY US MARSHALS & Big Spring Texas police

A murder suspect wanted by Joplin police has been captured by US Marshal's and cops in Big Spring, Texas.

Big Spring police chief Lonnie Smith says Byron D. Lang "Was a passenger in a car driven by a female friend yesterday afternoon." He goes on to say that officers with his department and Marshal's conducted a felony traffic stop on that vehicle and took Lang into custody without incident.


Byron D. Lang mug shot Joplin PD


Chief Smith says, "The friend claims she did not know that Lang was wanted. His (Lang's)girlfriend, or wife, was here a few months ago and stayed with her too."

Lang was charged with second-degree murder for the September 2008 beating death of two-year-old Kyler DeShawn Jones. Prosecutors allege that Lang beat the little boy to death because he wet his pants.

On September 2nd, 2008, the toddler was taken to St. John’s Express Care at 1313 S. Range Line Road unconscious and not breathing by Lang, who was his babysitter. The little boy was pronounced dead about 15 minutes later.


Kyler DeShawn Jones

Investigative reports say that the little boy had multiple bruises covering his body. An autopsy performed on the toddler was inconclusive, however, the coroners ruling revealed that Kyler's death wasn't an accident. After a five-and-a-half month long investigation authorities said the cause of little Kyler's death was blunt force trauma to the abdomen.

In August of 2009, Judge Richard Copleand found that the state had met the burden of probable cause in the case and bound Lang over for trail.

In September Lang was formally arraigned in circuit court and was released on $50,000 bond. By October, Lang had jumped bail and was on the run from the law. That same month a Jasper County judge issued a capius warrant for Lang's arrest and the bonding company that secured Lang's $50,000 bond had to post a $1 Million dollar bond for Lang. In December Joplin PD put out a news release asking the public for help in apprehending Lang, who was thought to be in the Joplin area for the Christmas holiday's.

The Public Information Officer for the Joplin Police Department, Lt. Brian Lewis, says "Lang will have to be extradited back to Missouri and I believe Jasper County deputies will go and get him."

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