Tulsa Police Release IDs Of Victims In Hicks Park Murders

Monday, September 19th 2011, 12:09 pm

By: News On 6

Emory Bryan and NewsOn6.com

UPDATE: Tulsa Police have released the names of a man and woman found shot to death at an east Tulsa park Monday morning.   They've also released the names of two men arrested in connection with the fatal shooting of the couple.

TULSA, Oklahoma --  Late Monday morning, Tulsa Police were called to Hicks Park at 34th and Mingo on a report of a man and a woman lying dead next to a jogging path.

Police say the victims are 21-year-old Ethan Nichols of Broken Arrow and 18-year-old Carissa Horton, a freshman at Oral Roberts University.

Read news release from Oral Roberts University.

According to police, Nichols' family had called in a missing person report Monday morning. The family named the victim and described his vehicle.

The vehicle, a white 2001 Pontiac Grand Am, was not located in any parking lot near Hicks Park or the jogging trail, police say.

However, Tulsa Police say they did locate the car and were able to maintain surveillance until two men drove it away at about 5 p.m.

Police say they tried to stop the car and after a short chase, the vehicle crashed into a concrete center block at the Bradford Creek Apartments, 3100 S. 108th East Avenue.

One person, 19-year-old Darren Price of Tulsa was arrested. The other person in the car was released.

Police arrested a second suspect, 21-year-old Jerard Davis of Tulsa, several hours later.

Police booked both Price and Davis into the Tulsa County jail on two complaints of first degree murder and two complaints of robbery. 

A couple walking their dog in the park discovered the bodies.

Tulsa Police say the killer made no effort to hide the bodies which were just 75 yards south of the park's playground on a walking trail. 

Officers say both victims were shot, but no weapon was found. They had identification, but it was nearby - not on the bodies.

Police detectives gathered some evidence at the scene, and officers canvassed the closest neighborhood to see if anyone heard or saw anything. They looked at videotape from the Hicks Park Community Center - but didn't find anything of value at first glance.


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