Resident being evicted from apartment where murder suspect stayed
BY ZIVA BRANSTETTER World Enterprise Editor
Monday, February 18, 2013
61st and Peoria: Read previous stories related to the quadruple homicide at Fairmont Terrace and efforts to combat violent crime in the 61st Street and Peoria Avenue area.
An apartment complex where four women were shot to death is moving to evict a woman from an apartment where one of the murder suspects was living, records show.
The eviction is among four cases filed by Fairmont Terrace apartments for security reasons since the slayings occurred Jan. 7, records show.
An attorney for Fairmont Terrace apartments filed notice in Tulsa County District Court last week that the complex is seeking to evict Jamila Jones from apartment 1418. Jones, whose apartment is above the apartment where the women were slain, could not be reached for comment.
The apartment, at 5826 S. Owasso Ave., was listed by James Poore as his residence when he was arrested Feb. 6, records show.
Poore and his brother, Cedric Poore, are in the Tulsa Jail on four complaints of first-degree murder in the deaths of Misty Nunley, 33; Julie Jackson, 55; Rebeika Powell, 23; and Kayetie Powell Melchor, 23.
Witnesses told police that the brothers were in an apartment at Fairmont Terrace and said they planned to “pull a ‘lick’ at the victims’ apartment,” using a slang term for robbery.
Cedric Poore was armed with a .40-caliber pistol when the two left, and they returned about 20 minutes later, their arrest reports say witnesses told police.
James Poore told the witnesses he shot one of the victims because she would have been able to identify him and said his brother shot the other victims, police wrote in the reports.
All four women had their hands tied behind their backs and were shot in their heads, records show.
Witnesses told police that Cedric and James Poore divided “loot” from the robbery — drugs, money and jewelry — before leaving the apartment.
Police reports state that James Poore “confirmed being in the apartment located in #1418 prior to the murders.”
Poore “confirmed witnesses were in the apartment with him as well as his brother Cedric Powell,” the arrest reports state.
Police served search warrants at apartment 1418 and at a house in the 2500 block of North Boston Avenue on Feb. 6, the day they arrested James Poore, records show.
Police recovered spent .40-caliber shell casings from the backyard of the Boston Avenue house that were the same make and caliber as casings found at the homicide scene.
A Facebook page listing the name Jamila Jones contains a posting Jan. 8 referring to the deaths of Rebeika and Kayetie Powell.
“Rest in peace man. I luv yall. I can’t even think of nt seeing ur faces,” the Facebook post states.
Angela McGinnis, Fairmont Terrace property manager, told the World on Monday that the eviction action is one of four “immediate eviction” proceedings filed by the complex this month.
“The only thing I can say is that because his (James Poore’s) arrest record had her (Jones’) address listed, that’s what he was obviously using as his primary residence,” McGinnis said.
The other evictions filed by the complex are also related to security issues, she said. The procedures are being filed as “immediate evictions,” which typically take a week or less, she said.
In addition to other background checks, Fairmont Terrace security employees are using jail records to determine whether people who have been arrested are listing the complex as their residence, McGinnis said.
Residents of the complex receive federal Section 8 housing subsidies and must undergo a criminal background check before being allowed to live there.
Residents are required to register any guests staying with them, and the complex conducts background checks on those people, as well, McGinnis said.
After the Poore brothers were arrested, McGinnis said neither one was registered as a guest at the complex. Both had felony records and would not have been allowed to stay at the complex had management known, she said.
Since the killings, the complex has added tire spikes to its front gate, increased the amount of time security guards patrol the property, and fixed security cameras so they are operable.
“I feel like we are making progress, and our owners have been behind us 100 percent,” McGinnis said.
The complex is trying to make positive changes for its residents and hopes to start a community garden for children who live there, she said.
“It will give them something to have pride in and something they can take care of. We are currently looking for any kind of donations from the local nurseries for that project,” she said.
The Fairmont Terrace apartment complex, near 61st Street and Peoria Avenue. MATT BARNARD/Tulsa World file