'Charges are coming' in Fairmont Terrace killings, police official says at forum
BY ZACK STOYCOFF World Staff Writer
Tuesday, January 29, 2013
1/29/13 at 12:55 PM
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Police are preparing a case against multiple people suspected of being involved in a Jan. 7 quadruple homicide at Fairmont Terrace apartments, Deputy Chief Dennis Larsen said Tuesday.
"We are making significant progress in that case -- stuff that I'm not at liberty to discuss until we actually file those charges, but charges are coming," Larsen said during a televised forum addressing the slayings.
He said police are taking their time because they want to have an "airtight" case against "individuals who perpetrated that crime."
"This was a horrendous time, and we want to take our time and we're not going to be rushed," he said.
Larsen later told the Tulsa World that the investigation has begun focusing on several "persons of interest," and that charges are expected within 30 days.
"When we charge somebody, we want to make sure it's a rock solid case," he told the World. "We're moving that way. There's progress being made in that case every day of the week since it occurred."
The forum sought to address poverty and crime in the 61st Street and Peoria Avenue area, where four women were fatally shot inside an apartment at Fairmont Terrace: Misty Nunley, 33; Julie Jackson, 55; Rebeika Powell, 23; and Kayetie Powell Melchor, 23.
Also participating in the forum were Mayor Dewey Bartlett, Marshall Elementary School Principal Kayla Robinson and ORU professor Lanny Endicott.
The forum is set to air at a later date on Tulsa Community College TV, cable channel 21, and TGOV, cable channel 24, as well as Cox On Demand and tulsaworld.com/tgov.
Read more on this story in Wednesday's Tulsa World.
Misty Nunley, 33; Julie Jackson, 55; Rebeika Powell, 23; and Kayetie Powell Melchor, 23, (clockwise from left) were found shot to death in an apartment at Fairmont Terrace about 12:35 p.m. on Monday, Jan. 7. A 3-year-old boy - Powell's son - was found unharmed in the apartment.