Victim identified in north Tulsa murder and arson, suspect arrested

TULSA, Okla. — A woman is in jail Thursday accused of killing another woman and trying to set a north Tulsa home on fire.

Police arrested Jessica McBride late Wednesday night after they were tipped off about a homicide near 48th Street and North Johnstown. According to the tip, McBride told people she choked and killed Tracy Russell inside the home and wanted help disposing of the body.

Detectives arrived at the home around 10:30 p.m. and found Russell dead and partially burned inside. Police say Tulsa fire officials were also called to the home as it looked like a fire had been set in the home with the body inside.

Police found McBride returning to the home with lighter fluid a day after the first attempt to burn the body and arrested her. According to police, McBride admitted to fighting with Russell for 2-3 days before choking and killing her.

Police say McBride is homeless but was staying with the Russell for a few days when they began fighting over food stamps.

McBride is in jail Thursday under complaints of first-degree murder and arson.

This is Tulsa's ninth homicide investigation of 2019:

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