FBI arrests man accused of beating cousin to death with water key in north Tulsa

Family remembers Tulsa man killed by his cousin

TULSA, Okla. — A man is in FBI custody in connection with the death of another man at a north Tulsa home late Thursday night.

The FBI arrested Kyle Freeman around midnight after Creek County deputies found him in Sapulpa in connection with the death of 35-year-old Donald Thomas, Jr.

Tulsa police say Thomas died after being hit with a water key several times at the home near Admiral and Yale.

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Photo courtesy of family of Donald Thomas, Jr.
Photo courtesy of family of Donald Thomas, Jr.

Police say Freeman, and Thoman -- who are both cousins and roommates -- got into an argument that turned violent.

Freeman allegedly beat Thomas to death with the water key.

Family members confirmed Freeman is Native American, making this case fall under federal jurisdiction.

Federal authorities charged Freeman with first-degree murder.

July 31, 2020 - Kyle Freeman is taken into custody for the death of Donald Thomas, Jr.
July 31, 2020 - Kyle Freeman is taken into custody for the death of Donald Thomas, Jr. (Tulsa County Jail)

Thomas’ sister said when she got the call about his death, she couldn’t believe it.

“I really couldn’t believe it,” Howell said. “I just couldn’t believe it and I still can’t. I’m just trying to stay strong for my mom.”

This is a developing story. Check back for updates.

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