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Person of interest in quadruple murder arrested in Kansas


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Updated: 1/09/2013 11:43 am Published: 1/08/2013 9:33 pm


Tulsa Police confirm the man wanted for questioning in Monday's quadruple murder in Tulsa has been arrested in Kansas. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office confirms Joseph L. Tillman is in their jail, arrested on a warrant out of Tulsa County. However deputies there would not provide details on when or exactly where he was arrested. 

Investigators with the Tulsa Police homicide unit would like to question Tillman, 33, about Monday's quadruple murder at Fairmont Terrace.  Four women were found shot to death in an apartment.

Tillman, who is wanted on a domestic assault and battery warrant, may have some information regarding the case.

23-year old Rebeika Powell, 23-year old Kayetie Melchor, 33-year old Misty Nunley and 55-year old Julie Jackson were shot and killed at the Fairmont Terrace Apartments on Monday.

"The killer is still out there so there is some sort of danger to the public but I don't think we need to be sitting in the rocking chair with a gun pointed at the door. There was some reason for what has occurred and I am confident the investigation will come out,” said Tulsa Police Homicide Sergeant Dave Walker.

He said they do not have a motive but are working around the clock to investigate this case.

"We are looking at narcotics angle, domestic angle even the money angle."

Investigators say they believe the shooter or shooters knew the victims. However, neighbors are still on edge.

"It's scary to even step outside my door,” said the victims’ friend and neighbor.

Brandy Hernandez says she has been threatened to stay quiet.

"’You don't need to be talking to the news cameras, they don't know who do this. It's going to get back on you.’ I'm sorry if it means bringing a murderer in, if it means justice I am going to do it.”

Witnesses in the complex at the time of the murders or those who knew the victims are being taken in for questioning about the murders.

“We have talked to a lot of people a lot of times,” said Walker. "As far as the community, they are trying but the ones with direct knowledge are being less than truthful with us.”

Now Tillman, 33, is wanted for questioning. He is not a suspect but a person of interest.

Police say he is known to hang out around 61st and Peoria.

Neighbors are forced to live in fear but they can’t afford to leave.

“I can't leave, I have no other place to go,” said Hernandez.

Investigators say Tillman does not have a car and releasing his picture for questioning in the quadruple homicide, not many people would want to be associated with him; making his world very small.

Although, there have been seven homicides this year, the homicide rate for Tulsa is the lowest it has been in ten years and the Tulsa Police Department is at full strength for the first time in three years.

The Tulsa Police Department is known for their quick efforts of finding perpetrators and I have no doubt that they will live up to their stellar reputation for these cases." 7

Memorial funds have been set up at for the Powell family at RCB Bank and Arvest Bank.  To make a donation go to any RCB or Arvest location and tell them you'd like to donate to the Powell Sisters Memorial. 

FOX23 News will continue to update this story as more information comes into the newsroom.

If you have any information  call Crime Stoppers at (918) 596-COPS (2677) or text a tip to “CRIMES” (274637) and begin your message with “TIP918” or you can submit a tip online at www.tipsubmit.com. Remember you never have to give your name and your tip could lead to a cash reward.

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Steve In Tulsa - 1/28/2013 9:59 AM
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@TulsaFails: The Mayor? Is the mayor supposed to strap on some six-shooters and go shoot up the apartment complex? That is nonsense. As long as the public at the apartment complex protects the gangs it will be difficult to fix.

Mayor Maynot - 1/10/2013 7:38 AM
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http://www.radioreference.com/apps/audio/?ctid=2199 You can listen at the reference here. It's free to click. Edumucate YoUrSelF.

Mayor Maynot - 1/10/2013 1:03 AM
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Tulsa 8 Chicago 13 ;-( on a per capita scale Tulsa is more dangerous than Chicago!!!

aleman - 1/9/2013 7:26 PM
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The mayor doesn't want to offend anyone,cowards get a lawyer who is a fellow Mason buddy of the judge,cops have their hands tied and are outgunned by this trash,liberals have crammed all these people into one place and dehumanized them...I saw this coming twenty years ago,there ain't no hope for this country now

WyoMoe - 1/9/2013 11:38 AM
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@TulaFails. Although the Mayor, Prosecutors and all you have mentioned are certainly part of the issue. But more importantly the citizens (honest ones) are as much at fault for not getting more involved with the Police and City Officials in addressing the issues and finding solutions. I do know that the TPD is very responsive to citizens calls and reports. Maybe, if the citizens of this and other "High Crime" area's contacted the police with License Numbers, Names, etc all of Tulsa could experience a drop in crime. I know very personally that this works. If you aren't going to be part of the solution then you are part of the problem.

WyoMoe - 1/9/2013 11:37 AM
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@TulaFails. Although the Mayor, Prosecutors and all you have mentioned are certainly part of the issue. But more importantly the citizens (honest ones) are as much at fault for not getting more involved with the Police and City Officials in addressing the issues and finding solutions. I do know that the TPD is very responsive to citizens calls and reports. Maybe, if the citizens of this and other "High Crime" area's contacted the police with License Numbers, Names, etc all of Tulsa could experience a drop in crime. I know very personally that this works. If you aren't going to be part of the solution then you are part of the problem.

Stephanie B - 1/9/2013 8:33 AM
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today is only the 9th and they say that there have only been 7 murders this year and its at it lowest...OMG thats nearly one murder every day. Is that really how bad it is.

tulsalouwhoo - 1/9/2013 7:55 AM
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Makes me nervous that we are naming the neighbor that's been told to be quiet!! Maybe some tact could be used here by the news. That being said, TulsaFails very well said!!

Mayor Maynot - 1/9/2013 6:49 AM
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I couldn't have summed it up any better than TulsaFails.

TulsaFails - 1/9/2013 4:20 AM
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I'm sure they will get the guilty party here. In the last two years there has been eight people killed at that apartment complex alone. Where has the mayor been? Where has the district attorney been? What has your duly elected judges been doing? I think the cops are the only ones actually trying to do anything! Nothing will change here, until there is an actual plan to change it. Your current elected officials will smooze this over until if fades away from the front pages. More have been killed and more will be killed. Get yourself a new mayor, a new district attorney, new councilmen/women and new judges.
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