Double Homicide Still Unsolved After 3 Years


Thursday, April 2nd 2009, 9:45 pm
By: News On 6


By Tara Vreeland, The News On 6

TULSA, OK -- A double homicide shocked a north Tulsa neighborhood three years ago.

Friday marks the third anniversary of the brutal murders of Grace and Walt Brown.

Police are hoping, although time has passed, someone will still come forward with information that will lead to an arrest.

"It's a case that I talk to the family that night of the murder, and it's a case that I still think about today," Tulsa Police Cpl. Gene Watkins said.

On April 3, 2006, a family member went to check on the retired couple, but found them bound and beaten to death.

"They were totally victims," Watkins said.

The motive may have been robbery, but police still aren't sure. It would have been a stunning robbery because the Browns didn't have much.

Neighbors say the Browns were a quiet couple who enjoyed spending time on their porch and reading the Bible. They were only weeks shy of celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

"Just super, super good people," neighbor Richard Gordineer said. "It just blows my mind that anyone would harm them in any way whatsoever.

Police are still going through physical evidence but so far DNA evidence has turned up nothing.

"We've gone all the way to Cheyenne, Wyoming, to follow up on the case," Watkins said. "We'll continue to follow any lead, anywhere."

There are no known witnesses to the crime, but police see the passage of time as an advantage.

"A lot of times ... after time, people start talking about a murder," Watkins said.

Watkins says if someone is willing to go into a house and kill an elderly couple, the person won't hesitate to do it again.

If you have any information about the case, call 596-COPS.