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Twins arrested in slaying at Fort Worth car wash

FORT WORTH -- A pair of 28-year-old twins are behind bars today in connection with the robbery and fatal shooting of a man at a Fort Worth car wash last month.

Keith D. McCuin and Kevin L. McCuin were arrested about two hours apart Wednesday afternoon at their home in the 5200 block of Nell Street on capital murder warrants. Both were being held in the Mansfield jail with bail set at $500,000, jail officials said.

Investigators believe the brothers are responsible for the Nov. 22 slaying of Rodney Ryan, 39, at the All American Car Wash, 1341 E. Berry St. Police and family members of Ryan have said the victim had been carrying about $500 — the deposit from the recent sale of a car -- when robbed and killed.

Surveillance at a neighboring store captured two men pulling up to the store in a Cadillac Deville DTS, then the driver getting out and walking toward the car wash. The passenger is seen getting into the driver's seat and, after a few minutes, driving over to the car wash parking lot to pick up the original driver as he ran from out of camera view.

Police said minutes afterward a security guard driving by spotted Ryan's body and called police.

Homicide Sgt. J.D. Thornton said witnesses identified the two men from surveillance video that had been published on the Star-Telegram Web site after the slaying.

"We had more than one call," Thornton said. "One caller identified them as twins but by street name. Another caller did identify them by name and it was discovered that they were twins."

"The follow-up investigation led to witnesses who had details about their involvement in the murder," Thornton added.

Thornton said investigators believe Ryan was targeted at random. He said it is unknown whether the men had driven to the store with the intent of trying to rob someone or whether it was an afterthought once they saw Ryan.

"Obviously they had a gun so they were doing something," Thornton said. "I can't say whether they were out looking for victims or whether it was a crime of opportunity."