Investigation continues into a Tulsa double homicide

Friday, February 3rd 2006, 6:12 am
By: News On 6

Tulsa has hit double digits for murder cases and we are barely into the second month of the year.

Tulsa homicide detectives are investigating a double murder after two people were found shot to death in a midtown Tulsa apartment early Friday morning.

News on 6 reporter Omar Villafranca says firefighters checking on reports of smoke coming from an apartment at 47th and Braden, ended up finding the city's latest murder victims.

A man and a woman were found shot to death in the kitchen of an apartment at the Windsor Village. They are identified as 24-year old Natee'che Bell and 31-year old Billy Traylor.

Detectives are now working the 10th and 11th homicide cases of the year. Tulsa Police Sgt Mike Huff: "this is a rapid amount of time to get to this number. This is overwhelming for us right now, but we are getting some help so, that's good."

Tulsa Police say a trash can was intentionally set on fire, but it didn't burn the apartment or spread to nearby units. Investigators on the scene did say the front door was damaged, a clear sign of a forced entry.

Crime scene investigators searched the apartment for clues and detectives could use some help. Tulsa Police Sgt Mike Huff: "right now we need someone to call in and tell us what's going on in this neighborhood and any altercations if they know about with these victims or possible suspects."

If you might have seen anything or heard anything, you can call Crimestoppers at 596-COPS. Remember, you can remain anonymous and your tip could earn you a cash reward.