TULSA, Okla. — On Wednesday evening, Tulsa police arrested a man charged with Second-Degree-Murder.
On Sept. 15, Juan Blanco was charged with Second-Degree-Murder and a warrant was issued for his arrest.
Blanco was arrested on Sept. 21.
An affidavit said Blanco was dating Jackie Littrell, who’s death in July was ruled a homicide.
The affidavit also said Littrell filed a domestic assault and battery report against Blanco on Feb. 20.
According to the affidavit, on June 3, Littrell was taken to a Tulsa hospital, complaining of abdominal pain. It was determined she had internal injuries. Hospital staff asked Littrell how she she got the injuries, and she said her boyfriend punched her in the stomach.
Her injuries ranged from laceration of the spleen, abscesses and a pulmonary embolism.
She was released on June 6.
On June 26, Littrell was taken to a Claremore hospital, still complaining of abdominal pain. Medical staff determined she needed a higher level of care and she was transported to a Tulsa hospital. Over several days, Littrell’s condition worsened and she was pronounced dead on July 11.
The Medical Examiner’s preliminary report said Littrell died because of injuries related to the punch in the stomach.
During the police investigation, they asked an acquaintance of Littrell about Blanco. The acquaintance told police, “he killed her, didn’t he?”
On Sept. 2, police interviewed Blanco. Blanco told police that he and Littrell had dated and that he had assaulted her in the past, leaving her with a black eye. He also said that he did not recall ever punching Littrell in the stomach.
Blanco told police that he was the only man Littrell had been dating over the past year and that they were always together.
The affidavit also said family members confirmed she was dating Blanco and that they saw Littrell with black eyes and bruises during their relationship.
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