Tulsa teen arrested for woman's murder


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Josiah Sklar
Josiah Sklar
Updated: 1/23/2013 11:32 am Published: 1/23/2013 9:14 am


Tulsa police have arrested a 19-year old for the murder of a woman found dead in her south Tulsa home, and police are still looking for the victim's 17-year old son. 

Police arrested 19-year old Josiah Sklar on Tuesday for the murder of Linda Laird.  Laird was found dead in her home near 71st and Yale on Tuesday morning. The cause of death has been determined to be blunt force trauma to the head and neck.

The arrest report says witnesses told police the victim's son, Henry "Hank" Laird, was at the home when they found the victim's body and said she fell down the stairs and died.  Witnesses say he then left the house with another teen. 

Police began searching for Laird and he was spotted at the Starbucks at 61st and Yale where he used the phone to call Josiah Sklar.  Witnesses told police Sklar had sent text messages saying he was there when Laird beat the victim and now needed a ride some place.  Police located and arrested Sklar on a misdemeanor warrant. 

Arrest records show Sklar told police he was in the victim's home when Laird beat her in the head with the butt of a shotgun and then passed out. Sklar told police the victim still appeared to be alive but Sklar did not call for emergency services because he was afraid of Laird.  Sklar told police he gave the victim a pillow and then went to a sleep in a back room.

Police say Sklar said he left with Laird when the victim's family members arrived. Sklar told police he went to St. Francis Hospital and Starbucks with Laird before leaving him to go Jack in the Box to get a ride. Sklar told police he did not call them because he did not want to testify against Laird.

An arrest warrant has been issued for Henry "Hank" Laird for first degree murder. Police want anyone with information about him to call Crime Stoppers at 918-596-COPS.

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Mayor Maynot - 1/23/2013 1:15 PM
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This guy just bought a whole bucket of trouble

army mom - 1/23/2013 10:57 AM
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So, why did he kill her? Has he said anything?

Inquisitive - 1/23/2013 10:50 AM
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You know children are no longer feeling like parents are authority figures. Especially when you have the government taking out prayer and discipline etc. in the schools. Parents going to jail or prison for disciplining their children. They have no respect for parent and it has created a disconnect between some children and their parents and this is the result. Look back when all of the above was in the school and compare to now and see how many children were disrespectful in anyway to their parents and/or killed their parents. It needs to be looked at get back to basics. All discipline is not abuse even it comes in the form of a belt. The Bible says spare the rod spoil the child. Oh but I forgot the bible does have anything to do with rearing your child thats why they took prayer out school.

tiredbeingsad - 1/23/2013 9:39 AM
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WOW. what the heck are people thinking? People are crazy!
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