Oklahoma City man shot mother 11 times before dismembering her, according to her autopsy

A mentally ill Oklahoma City man shot his mother 11 times — and later dismembered her corpse — with a handgun he'd bought days earlier in Del City, the woman's autopsy report shows.
by Andrew Knittle Published: February 2, 2013

An Oklahoma City man described by relatives as mentally ill shot his mother 11 times with a handgun he'd purchased days earlier in Del City, the woman's autopsy report shows.

Janet Kay Hume, who was 77, was riddled with bullets from the 9 mm Glock handgun her son bought from Gun World in late September. The woman's dismembered body was found in a bedroom, cut up into eight pieces.

After an 11-hour standoff, a police tactical team forced its way into the dead woman's home Nov. 14 and arrested her son, Gerald David Hume, 52, who reportedly confessed to shooting his mother.

The report, released Friday by the state medical examiner's office, shows that Janet Hume's body was well into the decomposition process when it was discovered, meaning that she had been dead for a number of days before police stormed the southeast Oklahoma City residence.

Janet Hume was last seen Nov. 9, according to the autopsy report. Police had visited the woman's residence a number of times before officers forced their way inside and even sent the bomb squad to the home to neutralize a homemade device in the backyard.

Prosecutors said that parts of Janet Hume — and a dead house cat — were found inside a freezer that was removed from the house during a search.

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by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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