TPD no longer seeking car in 24th homicide


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Updated: 4/10/2013 4:18 pm Published: 4/08/2013 2:02 am


Around 10:30 Sunday night, Tulsa Police were notified about a body in the northbound lanes of Martin Luther King Junior Boulevard near East 28th Street North.

The body appeared to have been dumped from a moving vehicle and had been shot.

Police identified the victim as Lawrence Tennyson. Police say he was last seen in a mid-2000 silver Dodge Neon with tinted windows, but they did not release information about the owner of the car.

Ella Barnes lives down the street from where Tennyson's body was found and says hearing about the murder worries her.

"I didn't hear anything," Barnes began. "What's really going on?"

She's not the only one with questions. As of Monday afternoon, investigators say they're trying to figure out what led to the city's 24th homicide, and who Tennyson was hanging out with before his body was found.

Barnes says East 28th Street North is generally pretty quiet, and she wouldn't have expected for a body to be dumped less than a block away from where she lives.

"I haven't heard too much going on in this neighborhood really since I been here, and I been here a long time."

Police first had a hard time identifying Tennyson. Late Sunday night officers released pictures showing distinct tattoos, "BUD LOC" on the victim's chest, and "HOOD LIFE" tattooed on the stomach, in hopes of identifying the victim. They say calls into the tip line helped investigators identify the 30-year-old.

FOX23's Janai Norman looked into Tennyson's past and found in February 2012 he was released from the Oklahoma Department of Corrections after being convicted of a drug charge. Court documents dating back to 2000 show more than a dozen charges against Tennyson, including multiple for drugs and illegally possessing a firearm.

Police have not released a potential motive or any possible suspects. Anyone with information about the crime is asked to call the Homicide Tip Line at 918-798-8477 or Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.

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