Shooting victim released from hospital

Wednesday, February 21st 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

GLENPOOL, Okla. (AP) -- A pregnant woman who managed to escape a burning closet despite being bound with duct tape and shot twice has left a Tulsa hospital.

Cenessa Tackett. 21, who was shot in the neck and shoulder during a multiple shooting at a rural Glenpool home over the weekend, went home on Tuesday, hospital officials said.

Tackett told authorities that she, Teresa Hye and Harry Hye were bound with duct tape at gunpoint early Sunday and forced into a bedroom closet, which was doused with lighter fluid and ignited.

Tackett was able to get Hye, 64, out of the burning enclosure, but Mrs. Hye, 42, had already died, Tackett said in a police report. Hye remained in critical condition at Hillcrest Medical Center on Tuesday with a gunshot wound to the temple.

The state Medical Examiner's Office is trying to determine a cause of death for Mrs. Hye, officials said.

Tackett is the Hyes' niece and foster daughter.

Sapulpa resident Joel Shane Pethel, 24, and Michael Allen Browning of Sand Springs were arrested Sunday on complaints of first-degree murder, shooting with intent to kill, arson and armed robbery. Neither have been formally charged.

Browning, 25, is said to be Tackett's former boyfriend and the father of her unborn child.

"It's pretty obvious they didn't want to leave anyone alive,"

Brian Edwards, chief deputy of the Tulsa County Sheriff's Office, said.

Robbery is the apparent motive of the crimes, authorities said.

Numerous items, including guns, ammunition and a coin collection, were taken, police documents show.