Tulsa County Man Kills Three, Himself Over Fence Dispute
Thursday, November 9th 2006, 5:31 pm
By: News On 6
Tulsa County Sheriffâ€™s deputies say a triple murder-suicide is one of the most senseless crimes they've seen in a long time.
The shooting happened in the 3800 block of East 126th Street North. Sheriffâ€™s deputies were called to a home in north Tulsa County Thursday afternoon because neighbors were having a dispute over a property line. About an hour later, deputies were called out again, this time for a shooting.
They say Howard Hawthorne got a shotgun and drove to his neighborâ€™s house where three men were removing a fencepost with a tractor.
Hawthorne shot and killed 45 year old Anthony Graham, Graham's step-son, 24 year old Joshua LeFort and their friend Duane Goodwin. One victim was found by the tractor, another by the road and the third, behind a house.
Tulsa County Undersheriff Brian Edwards: â€œobviously this was an extremely violent event, there was a lot of emotion involved in this because some of the information that the witnesses have given us is quite disturbing."
Sheriffâ€™s deputies say Hawhorne shot and killed himself right after the first deputies got on the scene. They say the dispute involved seven feet of land.