Person of interest wanted for questioning in quadruple murder


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Updated: 1/08/2013 8:27 pm Published: 1/08/2013 6:09 pm


The Tulsa Police homicide unit would like to find and question Joseph L. 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.

Call 911 or Crime Stoppers at (918) 596-COPS if you've seen Tillman or know his whereabouts.

Tulsa police say the killer or killers had a connection to one of the victims in Monday's quadruple homicide.

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.

Police say this was not a random shooting and the public should not be concerned for their safety. Police are not releasing any further details at this time.

Police tell FOX23 they have interviewed more than 20 people, including another resident at the complex, they say he is not a suspect and no search warrants have been issued for this investigation.

Mayor Dewey Bartlett also commented on the investigation on Tuesday, saying: "We are within 24-hours of this terrible tragedy. We are looking down every possible avenue for answers to how this situation can be improved in this area of the city. From abatement issues to out of state ownership and management, this issue will remain on the top of my list moving forward.

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."

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. 

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Mayor Maynot - 1/12/2013 11:38 AM
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what Alemon said. I'll vote for that Qbee you sound like you got some kind of idea. Maybe you need a different forum.

TulsaFails - 1/9/2013 9:04 AM
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The Mayor says "this issue will remain on the top of my list moving forward". Mr. Mayor, in the last two years there have been 26 homicides in this area. There has been 8 homicides in this apartment complex alone. Where have you been? What have you been doing? Why now are you so concerned. This area of town should of been addressed by you along time ago. You, the district attorney, the city council, all need to be turned out of office. The citizens know nothing changes unless there is a plan to change it, you have showed none, why should they expect you will now? Go away, we will change it and we will start that change by electing government officials who have a plan to change it.

QBee3 - 1/8/2013 8:21 PM
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Fairmont Terrace is a big complex. 4 women found tied up and dead in an apt. with a child present. In the day time. NO ONE HEARD GUNSHOTS. What, a silencer was used??? I doubt it, but possible. I wonder why the friend felt the need "to go check on" four grown women? Then the friend called 911. Did the friend know the baby was in there? Couldn't bear the thought of the child left in such a horrific situation? TPD should start with the "friend". Sometimes in that element, (past social work exp.) young or older women enter into agreements with dealers in which they are paid for their dwelling to be a "stash house". One of the twins told a friend they had been robbed two weeks prior. If that robbery was not reported to TPD then the apt. was very possibly a "stash house". If individuals thought it was.......it left everyone in that apt. in danger. Places like Fairmont Terrace have their own subculture, with its own rules, and unfortunately its own consequences.......... If the City of Tulsa is truly committed to solving this crime and making an example of whomever murdered these four women (one in front of her own child, who is now victimized for life) they would offer a substantial reward on Crime Stoppers. The information will come pouring in from individuals who know what happened. It's a very impoverished area where money will talk.

aleman - 1/8/2013 6:18 PM
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Damned gang coward trash,our city weenies aren't gonna do anything,we need to raise two kinds of hell and demand outside help it's out of control...it is our right
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