Tulsa Jail inmate eyed in Fairmont Terrace shooting deaths
BY KENDRICK MARSHALL World Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 16, 2013
1/16/13 at 7:22 AM
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A current Tulsa Jail inmate "at a minimum" witnessed a quadruple homicide last week and could be a "person of interest" in the slayings, prosecutors believe.
The Tulsa County District Attorney's Office is asking for an increase in the bail amount set for Freddie Allen Hayes in an unrelated case, according to a document filed Tuesday in Tulsa County District Court.
As part of the police investigation into the Jan. 7 killings, Hayes, 32, has "been identified as, at a minimum, a witness in these homicides," according to the motion for a bond increase. "The investigation also has discovered evidence that points to the Defendant (as) a 'person of interest' in the four killings."
Hayes, 32, of Tulsa, was arrested Friday and charged Tuesday with unlawful possession of a controlled drug and carrying a concealed weapon. He remained in the Tulsa Jail on Tuesday with bail set at $11,000, jail records show.
The District Attorney's Office requested that his bail be increased to $250,000.
"Given the nature of the crimes, the State argues that the Defendant is a potential public safety risk to the community as well as a risk to flee the jurisdiction should he be released," Assistant District Attorney Doug Drummond wrote in Tuesday's filing.
Drummond asked that if Hayes is able to post bond, he be required to wear an ankle monitor and not leave Tulsa County.
Tulsa County District Court records from 2011 show that Hayes listed an address in the 6000 block of South Newport Avenue, which is an apartment complex in the Fairmont Terrace neighborhood. After his arrest Friday, Hayes' address was listed in the 700 block of North Columbia Avenue.
Four women - Misty Nunley, 33; Julie Jackson, 55; Rebeika Powell, 23; and Kayetie Powell Melchor, 23 - were shot to death at the Fairmont Terrace apartments, 1111 East 60th St., last week. Powell's 3-year-old son was found unharmed.
Records show that 17 homicides have occurred in the area around 61st Street and Peoria Avenue since 2011. Eight of those killings have occurred at the Fairmont Terrace apartment complex.
The District Attorney's Office argued Tuesday that in addition to Hayes' flight risk, his criminal history also merits the bail increase.
That history includes armed robbery, manufacturing and possession of drugs, aggravated battery and child endangerment in Louisiana, according to the document.
Hayes was arrested about 12:50 a.m. Friday in the 800 block of North Columbia Avenue after he was questioned in regard to a complaint that a suspicious person reportedly was "intoxicated and walking around vehicles parking in the street," according to Tuesday's court filing and an arrest report. Police found rock cocaine and methamphetamine in his wallet and brass knuckles in his pocket, the report says.
At the time of his arrest, Hayes was wanted on warrants for trespassing and failure to pay court costs, the document says.
Hayes' Facebook page indicates that he recently became "friends" with one of the homicide victims on the social networking site. According to his Facebook page, shooting victim Kayetie Powell (Melchor) and Hayes became friends on Dec. 23.
No other victims of the quadruple homicide appear to be listed as Hayes' Facebook friends.
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Freddie Allen Hayes: He was arrested Friday on drug and gun complaints, but police think he may have a connection to the quadruple homicide at Fairmont Terrace Apartments. Prosecutors want bail increased for Hayes, now in the Tulsa Jail.