Authorities in Oklahoma arrested 17 year old Henry “Hank” Laird accused of beating his mother to death with the butt of a shotgun. Reportedly the suspect was “smiling and laughing” when surrendered to the Tulsa police on Wednesday.
Police said it took 20 minutes to persuade Laird to give himself up, News on 6 reports.
"We are just thankful we have [Laird] in custody," Officer Jill Roberson told Tulsa World. "There has already been one tragedy out of this. We definitely did not want another one."
Henry Laird's mother, Linda Laird, 56, was found dead Tuesday morning. The Oklahoma State Medical Examiner's Office determined that she suffered "blunt force trauma to the head and neck" and ruled the death a homicide, CBS reports.
Police discovered the victim's body at the bottom of a staircase in her home.
Before locating Laird, police arrested 19 year old Josiah Israel Sklar at a motel, the alleged accomplice. Sklar told police he was present when the incident occurred.
Sklar said that he did not report the incident because he was afraid of Laird and not prepared to testify against him. Instead, he said he gave the victim -- who was still alive at the time -- a pillow and went back to sleep.
Laird struck his mother at least 20 times using the weapon, FOX 23 reports.
Laird is charged with first-degree murder.
Source: Huff Post
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