Woman facing murder charge in north Tulsa killing

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Reported by: Ian Silver
Updated: 5/13/2013 9:25 am Published: 5/11/2013 4:48 pm

Tulsa police continued to investigate the city's 27th homicide of the year Saturday night. Investigators say Robert Middlebrooks, 58, was pronounced dead shortly before 4 p.m. Saturday inside his home on Florence Avenue, just north of Admiral.

In a news release Saturday night, investigators said Karen Haley, 49, would soon be arrested in connection with Middlebrooks' death.

Even though crime is not uncommon in the area, neighbors told FOX23 News that Middlebrooks was a good guy, was well-liked, and that they never expected he would become a victim.

"When I first moved in he was one of the nicest people in the neighborhood," Uriah Denney, who lives next door to Middlebrooks, said.

Denney said she had only known Middlebrooks a few months, but, like everyone else in the neighborhood, she instantly liked him.

The last time she saw him was the morning of his slaying, as he was coming in and out to run errands.

"It's very upsetting, because he didn't do anything to deserve it," Denney said.

"He was just a good ol' boy," Ted Fry, Middlebrooks' landlord, said. "[He was] someone you wouldn't mind inviting in your house."

Fry immediately suspected Haley, someone he knew to be either a current or ex-girlfriend of Middlebrooks, for in connection with the death of the man he called his favorite tenant.

"He had a girlfriend he was afraid of," Fry said. "She's cut his tires, sugared his gas tanks."

"Until this morning, I really hadn't seen her much," Denney said. "It's like she started coming around more and more once she started hearing about Robert's financial situation."

The financial situation she refers to was a cash settlement Middlebrooks had talked about.

"[He was] telling a lot of people about it," Denney said. "And so a lot of people did know. I guess she was one of the people that knew. And coincidentally, she was here last night and this morning."

Investigators, though, were being very cautious about saying too much with very little information confirmed.

"[It's] way too early in the investigation to determine any type of motive at this time," Tulsa Police Homicide Sgt. Dave Walker said.

Walker said Haley acted as an innocent party as investigators questioned her, but enough evidence was eventually gathered to arrest her.

The cause of Middlebrooks' death had not been released as of Saturday night. Walker said the investigation would continue even after Haley's arrest. It was unclear if investigators planned to make any more arrests.

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Mayor Maynot - 5/12/2013 9:49 AM
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Condolences to friends and family of Middleton. Surely he will be missed. I guess this is her new [retirement] plan? may she have a short and miserable life.

Bobber Bob - 5/11/2013 6:17 PM
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Maybe if we had more police on the streets and not in local massage pallors our murder rate would go down.
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