Tulsa authorities say three shot, one dead

Monday, February 19th 2001, 12:00 am
By: News On 6

TULSA, Okla. (AP) _ Two Sand Springs men were arrested Sunday for allegedly tying up a Glenpool family, shooting them at close range and setting their rural home on fire.

Michael Allen Browning and Joel Shane Pethal were booked into the Tulsa Jail on complaints of first-degree murder, shooting with intent to kill, arson, armed robbery, domestic violence and using a firearm to commit a felony, authorities said.

Teresa Hye, 42, was killed in the incident. Her husband Harry Hye, 64, was shot in the temple and badly burned during the attack.

He was listed in critical condition Sunday night at Hillcrest Medical Center.

Cenessa Tackett, 21, was shot in the neck and shoulder. She was listed in fair condition Sunday night at St. John Medical Center.

Authorities believe Tackett let the suspects into the home around 2 a.m.

The two suspects then forced the three victims into a closet at gunpoint, tied them up with duct tape and shot them with a small-caliber handgun, Tulsa County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Brian Edwards said.

Tackett managed to crawl out of the closet and call 911 after the suspects had left, Edwards said.

Authorities said Browning, 25, is Tackett's ex-boyfriend and the father of her unborn child. Tackett is seven months pregnant.

Edwards called the crime scene ``the most gruesome thing I've seen in my 20 years.''

Authorities aren't clear on the relationship between Tackett and the Hyes, though it's believed that she had been raised by the couple.

Browning has no criminal history, while Pethel, 26, has a record of misdemeanor arrests, authorities said.