Tulsa Christmas Day Homicide Suspect Turns Self In

Sunday, December 26th 2010, 6:30 pm
By: News On 6


TULSA, Oklahoma -- The man who police believe was involved in a Christmas day homicide of a homeless man turned himself in Sunday.

Tulsa Police say 43-year-old Paul Joseph Sopsher surrendered at the department's Gilcrease division around 3 p.m.

Sopsher is suspected of beating to death 51-year-old Russell Leon Smith Jr early Christmas morning. Police say Sopsher used a blunt object, possibly a lead pipe.

Smith's body was found on a loading dock in the 100 block of North Cheyenne in Downtown Tulsa.

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Sopsher was questioned by detectives and booked into the Tulsa County Jail under a 1st degree murder complaint.