Murder suspect has domestic violence history

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Reported by: Brittany Jeffers
Updated: 1/24/2013 10:00 am Published: 1/23/2013 9:31 pm

FOX23 was there to see 17-year-old Hank Laird leave police questioning at the Detective Division in downtown Tulsa.

Laird is in the Tulsa County Jail on a first degree murder charge in the death of his mother, Linda. She was found dead in her home near 71st and Yale on Tuesday.

Tulsa Police Department Sargent Dave Walker tells FOX23 detectives delved into the teenager's background during the investigation and discovered that Laird has a history of domestic violence.

"We found that he has a domestic violence history as being the aggressor and his mother was the target of the domestic violence," said Sgt. Walker.

"Tragically like any other, when you allow the aggressor to come back you set yourself up for some heartache," said Sgt. Walker, "This one turned tragic and as a result, Linda is dead."

Laird, who turned 17 in November, is now accused of hitting his mother over the head with the butt of a shotgun, which caused her death.

Neighbors tell FOX23 they believe Hank had been at a military-type school for a period of time.

In an effort to find out more information about Laird's past the station filed a request to obtain his juvenile court and law enforcement records. FOX23 is still waiting for a judge to approve the request.

Sgt. Walker says that Laird was questioned by detectives to obtain more information on the investigation.

"We are talking with him to try to get the circumstances of what occurred," said Sgt. Walker.

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watergirl - 1/24/2013 8:57 AM
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Many thanks to the tipster who told TPD where he was. This would be a better city if more people would make that phone call to police and help get the bad guys off the street.

GodsGutterPunk - 1/24/2013 1:24 AM
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and it talks of fighting for those wrongfully sentenced to death not those that socity deems deserve it,and being one on the short end of this stick knowing what I've endured I've never considered killing a parent, knowing that's just wrong but it wasn't the world that taught me that, it was the bible and long before the world started trying to fill me with lies,and because I shared this with people , I've been strapped down shot up eletro-shocked retared for months on end, now it also says honor thy mother and father.even if he did give you guns when he found out you had serious problems,leave ur mother when it was clear u were retarded, rob you of your government check, thank you dad for every whooping you ever gave me , for every black eye , for every time I was briused from almost head to toe , thank you .

GodsGutterPunk - 1/23/2013 11:54 PM
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love your nieghbor as yourself,with a church on every corner,you wouldn't expect this to be a forgoten thing...this was ur neighbor and well he wasn't mine I just moved here ,because of the ignorance that beleives you can oppress the poor and GOD wont take up their case , charged for a crime I didnt do, convicted of said crime,forced on medication that could cause sudden death for no reason,so some dude could get rich, now that guy is facing charges for land fraud ,none of the public pretenders"defenders are working and the only one "that nice lady judge" who did try and make a stand for me excelled.oh and someone shot that poor woman in the head. now I see where all this had play, does the news tell the story of tulsa to me it does, maybe we should consider , my first statement thy neighbor as yourself, this young brother might have never done this had we.I look out and see and older generation looking to a younger generation going where did you learn this hate,where do you think they learn it watching thier elders, thier congress people thier cops , their judges , thier idolized members of socity,remember every idol word wil be accounted for, I pray we make tommorrow better this whole you can pay your way out of sin and only poor have them just doesn't hold water in the book I read
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