Saturday, April 21, 2012

Tulsa, OK: Tulsa Police: 'Significant Amount Of Carnage' In Domestic Dispute Death

TULSA, Oklahoma -

Tulsa Police said it didn't take long to determine that the 50-year-old woman found dead Friday morning was murdered.

They quickly turned to the man who called EMSA.

The woman's partner, Joseph Mitchell, 43, was arrested after an interview with homicide detectives, and he was later booked into the Tulsa County Jail on a homicide complaint.

EMSA was called to a home in the 11000 block of East 28th at about 7:30 a.m. Friday, and found a woman dead upon arrival.

After noticing signs of a domestic struggle, paramedics called Tulsa Police to the scene.

Police said there was a lot of blood in the home and woman's body showed signs of trauma. The body has been sent to the Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office to determine an official cause of death.

"There's a significant amount of blood and a significant amount of carnage in the home to indicate a struggle has occurred inside," Sgt. Dave Walker, TPD Homicide.

Police say Mitchell was covered in blood, but barely injured while inside the house. The furniture was turned over and broken glass covered the floor.

Detectives say the pair had fought before, and the victim had a permanent protective order against Mitchell.

Mitchell is an ex-convict with a prior record of drug possession, illegal possession of a firearm and two DUIs.

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