Police: Oak Lawn murder wasn't a hate crime

The motive for the murder of a man found dead Tuesday morning in an Oak Lawn apartment was robbery, according to Dallas police.

Sr. Cpl. Kevin Janse, a spokesman for DPD, said in an e-mail Thursday afternoon that investigators don’t believe the victim’s sexual orientation was a factor in the crime.

“The motive in this case is robbery,” Janse said. “There is no indication that this was a hate crime. His sexual orientation does not play into our investigation.”

The body of 33-year-old Sheldon McKnight was found at the Oaklawn Heights Apartments in the 2600 block of Arroyo Avenue. The apartment where McKnight was found had been set on fire. It’s unknown whether McKnight was gay.

Ricardo Beltran, 18, and Victor Ramos, 19, have been arrested and charged with capital murder in McKnight’s death. Each was being held on a $1 million bond.

Beltran and Ramos were arrested after they wrecked the victim’s car late Wednesday morning.

—  John Wright