Tulsa teen charged with murder of his mother surrenders to police

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Updated: 1/24/2013 10:07 am Published: 1/23/2013 2:54 pm

A Tulsa teen accused of murdering his mother is in jail.

Police surrounded a location in the 5600 block of S. Boston Avenue on Wednesday afternoon.

Homicide detectives say they received a tip in the morning and set up surveillance to confirm Henry "Hank" Laird was there before they approached the house. He peacefully surrendered.

Police arrested suspected accomplice, Josiah Sklar, 19, early Wednesday morning. He told police he was there when Laird killed his mother.

Arrest reports show Laird beat his mother at least 20 times in the head with a butt of a shotgun.

Laird is charged with first degree murder for the death of his mother, Linda Laird. She was found dead in her home near 71st and Yale on Tuesday. 

As Tulsa Police Special Operations Team officers put away their weapons, neighbors watched from outside of the neighborhood.

"Everything was blocked off in the neighborhood and I couldn't get to the house," said Gregg Hanner.

Moments later they saw Hank Laird in the back of a patrol car.

"Seeing him leave the neighborhood was the first time I had ever seen him before,” said Hanner.

The Hanners never thought a murder suspect was hiding in a house across from his home.

"That's just scary, really scary,” said Janelle Hanner.

Once police cleared the scene, police dropped off a man at the home where Laird was hiding out.

FOX23 News wanted to know what he knew about Laird.

The man identified himself as Tony Schlieker who said he was asleep when Laird came over last night.

"I woke up, walked out the back and that's when I saw police and they said ‘put your hands up,’” said Schlieker.

The man at the door says he didn’t know Laird was suspected of killing his mother, Linda Laird.

"He would have left then. He wouldn't be here. To target your mom, the person that raised you? That's not cool at all,” said Schlieker.

He says he met Laird a few weeks ago through another friend and thought Laird was odd.

"He would talk to himself, when nobody else was talking to him. That was weird to me,” said Schlieker.

He said he didn’t think Laird was violent and never talked about his mom.

“I couldn't even understand half the time what he was talking about, he would talk in circles,” said Schlieker.

Schlieker was questioned by police but not arrested.

Police have not released who tipped them off about Laird’s whereabouts at the home.

However, neighbors say they have had problems with this home in the past.

“We are fed up with people moving in and out at two or three in the morning,” said Hanner.

Another member of the homeowners association says they’ve called police for two years about the suspicious activity going on at the house.

“There have been a number of us taking down license plates of people coming and going,” said Gregg Hanner.

FOX23 News asked Schlieker about the problem.

FOX23’s Abbie Alford: “You know your neighbors don’t like you very well?”

Schlieker: “I know that’s right. Cause we are popular.”

Neighbors say they’ve voiced their concerns with the landlord yet police continue to get called to the home in the 5600 block of S. Boston Ave.

“Since they have moved in we’ve got security systems,” said Janelle Hanner.

Two other men in the home were also arrested on outstanding warrants not connected to the murder.

Laird is charged with first degree murder for the death of his mother, Linda. She was found dead in her home near 71st and Yale on Tuesday. 

Laird and Sklar are being charged with murder and are being held without bond.

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aleman - 2/5/2013 5:44 PM
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A psychopath...of which there is no known cure

kindagreywolf - 1/24/2013 12:03 PM
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I didn't say I didn't have respect for the law, I just don't respect these Gang bangers with badges you call the TPD. Don't have issues with the Sheriff or OSP

paparon - 1/24/2013 11:24 AM
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Was the boy raised in a home with a Father and Mother? Were they drug/alcohol free?

Steve In Tulsa - 1/24/2013 9:57 AM
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His mom had secured her shells and he could not get the shotgun loaded. So he bludgeoned her to death. Getting rid of guns will anly turn the madmen to use explosive bombs, poison gas bombs, clubs, and knives. The crazy violent people will not be eliminated by outlawing guns. That is foolish wishful thinking. If banning guns would eliminate them then why don't we ban heroin and cocaine? Wait! We do and it hasn't made a bit of difference. Banning guns will simply leave everyone defenseless. 6500 people defend themselves with guns every single day but the totalitarian democrats want you to be a defenseless victim when they come to throw you in the ovens.

watergirl - 1/24/2013 9:33 AM
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kindagreywolf - no respect for the law is ignorant.

kindagreywolf - 1/24/2013 9:03 AM
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Watergirl, when you say that TPD is "Tulsa Finest", Your really insulting Tulsa and make everyone seem like ignorant hicks.

Mayor Maynot - 1/24/2013 3:50 AM
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GGP he had a pretty good idea that what he did was wrong. He knows the difference between right and wrong. That is why he fled. I know the difference between right and wrong. My dogs know the difference between right and wrong. Don't try to pin it on society. Individual responsibility belongs to the individual.

Grandlaker - 1/24/2013 12:05 AM
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He came from a home where there were zero rules. Absolutely no boundaries on any part of their kid’s life even at a very young age. It is sometimes the fathers, but usually the mother who are caught up in some sort of political correctness guilt trip in our society. Their thinking is that if the kid wants it, then it must be A-OK. More and more mothers have this huge fear of rejection for some far out reason. It seems they cannot comprehend that they will receive love from the child for More and more mothers have this huge fear of rejection for some far out reason. It seems they cannot comprehend that they will receive love from the child for giving guidance. Even with the child at a kindergarten age, some just cannot get it sunk into their minds the kid is a kid, and they are the adult. That the child does not have the experince ands needs your instruction and rules.

GodsGutterPunk - 1/23/2013 9:08 PM
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remember once thing , tulsa raised him,.not knowing diddly about mental health played a big part in this , the pink hair obvious of idolizing suicide [ai]curt cobain,but that's just my opinion,seems to me a lot of these children are screaming for help long before they "break",but screaming to a system that doesn't care does no good.to many are happening to blame only the child , no I'm not take the responsibility of what he did off him , I'm saying the responsibility is more than just his .

UnwrittenLaw - 1/23/2013 3:53 PM
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Good job! Why is it that all these young adults looking mentally ill & messed up when they are arrested? Rest Peacefully Linda Laird.
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