Tulsa police hold murder witnesses accountable

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Updated: 2/12/2013 10:13 am Published: 2/11/2013 6:28 pm

Police arrested one suspect but, believe more could be jailed in Tulsa’s latest homicide.

"We are tired of people lying to us," said Tulsa Police Homicide Sergeant Dave Walker. "It's time for everyone to understand that you are going to be held accountable."

Sunday night, Tulsa police homicide detectives arrested Chiquita Bulger, 23, for the murder of 22-year-old Emily Clark at the Addison Apartments in the 10100 block of E. Admiral Pl.

Bulger’s arrest report states one of the witnesses told police he heard Bulger say she killed Clark because she “snitched.”

Police say this case is not over and if people don’t start talking they’re going to jail.

Six hours after Clark talked to police about an arrest, Clark was shot and killed.

"This person should not be dead for whatever transgression she may or may not have done,” said Walker.

Police say witnesses are telling police different stories.

"We are not stupid people,” said Walker.

Less than three hours after Clark’s murder, homicide investigators arrested Bulger for murder.

"We are tired, absolutely tired of people lying to us," said Walker.

The homicide sergeant says this is not just about this murder but recent murders.

"I think it's time for those who tend to hide or lie to us are held accountable," said Walker.

He says parents will be held accountable, witnesses who run or people who conceal evidence.

"We are here to investigate the worse of the worse, you want to lie to us knock yourself out. I'm sick of it,” said Walker.

In the quadruple homicide at Fairmont Terrace, police locked up four people who weren’t truthful with investigators.

"When they start asking questions, they better give the right answer," said Walker.

With the homicide rate at 13 by mid-February, detectives say they’re not tolerating senseless murders and senseless people.

"I'm tired and really people are dying for stupid stuff,” said Walker.

Criminal records show Bulger has been arrested twice since 2011 for stealing.

FOX23 News found ads Clark posted for adult services on Backpage.com. Police say since October, 2012 police made contact with Clark twice. They wouldn’t say for what but report in the 5900 block E. 11th Street and 100 block of N. 67th Street, both areas notorious for prostitution.

In Tulsa for 2013 for there have been 13 homicides. Officers say the homicide rate is on track for a higher homicide rate than year’s past.

There were 46 homicides reported in all of 2012 and in 2011 there were 53 homicides.

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Unwashed Mass - 2/12/2013 11:31 PM
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Holding people on fabricated charges because they arent telling you the story you want to hear is not exactly a way to gain back the people's trust in our broken police department.

BrideyMurphy - 2/12/2013 11:02 PM
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BTW Kindagreywolf....cops talked the girl out of filing a rape charge? Methinks you are full of it!

BrideyMurphy - 2/12/2013 11:01 PM
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To be fair, some of the officers ARE really trying to do their job, but this "don't snitch " crap is getting a lot of people killed and keeping a lot of trash out on the streets to kill again. If I see someone, anyone committing a crime, I will run, not walk to the nearest cop to tell them everything I possibly can about the perp, and I have been yelled at, made to feel like I was the criminal, made to feel like I was some ignorant corn cob and warned that false reports would land me in jail....and I still would not hesitate to call the cops for a crime.....so I think it is high time they started arresting these people who witness a crime and lie to the cops, if they lie for the criminals then they become accomplices to the crime, or at the very least are guilty of obstructing justice.... GOOD FOR YOU TPD....!

Mayor Maynot - 2/12/2013 4:29 PM
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I knoooowwwww nothing nottthhhiiinnnggggg. Absolutely nothinggg <{8^]]

kindagreywolf - 2/12/2013 12:08 PM
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Hi Brittie! A friend was raped and the police talked her out of filing charges, is that good enough for you?

pirate - 2/12/2013 10:34 AM
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al....jessie where ya at

aleman - 2/12/2013 4:13 AM
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Liberal media,weak court system ,a mayor who is afraid of offending someone and the police with their hands tied,for all intent and purposes the gangs run the city,for such a small city we have an extremely large gang population

Alpha - 2/12/2013 1:51 AM
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That is terrible that she was killed.

brittie - 2/11/2013 10:53 PM
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The big issue is not what the TPD are or are not doing. It's the number of homicides that have happened so far this year alone. They have nothing to do with TPD's actions. This girl was murdered for no reason at all, and you all want to blame it on the TPD? Take a look around. People are getting murdered for stupid sh** all the time now. It has nothing to do with the TPD. They are doing everything they can to prevent this from happening, and if they have to lock people up in jail for giving false statements and lying about witnessing for a murder then maybe that's what they need to do. Give TPD A f***ing break! How would you feel if your daughter or one of your family members were murdered for no reason at all and the TPD did absolutely NOTHING about it?

kindagreywolf - 2/11/2013 9:01 PM
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The police cause us to distrust them now they are crying like a bunch of spoiled babies when we don't cooperate. GROW UP AND ACT LIKE RESPONSIBLE ADULTS TPD. Clean up your act, Give some RESPECT and quit treating everyone like dogs. You get what you dish out. How many have been fired or arrested in the past two years? More than a Dozen. And we are supposed to trust you, HAHAHAHAHAHAHA!
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