MuskogeePhoenix.com, Muskogee, OK

January 24, 2013

Son is second teen arrested in Tulsa woman's death


Associated Press

— TULSA (AP) — The 17-year-old son of a Tulsa woman found dead in her home has been arrested in connection with her death.

Tulsa police said Wednesday that the youth was picked up after having been sought since a relative found the body of Linda Laird, 56, on Tuesday.

The Tulsa World reported that police were tipped Wednesday afternoon that the son was at a home in the area. Police say the youth surrendered peacefully.

At 2 a.m. Wednesday, police arrested Josiah Israel Sklar, 19, on a first-degree murder complaint after questioning him in Laird's death.

Based on statements Sklar made to investigators and on an account from a relative, who said the younger teen left the house when his mother's body was discovered, police sought the son.

Police said Laird was bludgeoned.