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Daughter of slain Tecumseh couple is found shot to death

Shawnee police are investigating a homicide. Cathy Byus was found dead Thursday and her husband, Justin Byus, has been arrested, police say.
by Diana Baldwin and Adam Kemp Modified: March 21, 2013 at 8:19 pm •  Published: March 22, 2013

She and her husband had their first child just a few months after the death of Gary and Linda Haas. James DeWayne Byus, 2, was taken into DHS custody Thursday.

“The birth of her son, James, brought her great joy, and he was the light of her world,” Diesselhorst said. “She loved him.”

Justin Byus' uncle, Claude Byus, lives across the street from the couple. He said the family was in too much pain to speak about the incident.

“This is all a nightmare,” Byus said.

A neighbor described the area as an upscale community where most residents keep to themselves.

“It's a quiet community,” Judy Kolker said. “I had met them multiple times. They both seemed pleasant.”

Justin Byus has two felony convictions — one in 2006 for assault and battery on an employee of a juvenile detention facility and another in 2007 for writing fraudulent checks.

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by Diana Baldwin
Sr. Reporter
Diana Baldwin has been an Oklahoma journalist since 1976 and came to The Oklahoman in 1991. She covered the Oklahoma City bombing and covered the downfall of Oklahoma City police forensic chemist Joyce Gilchrist misidentifying evidence. She wrote...
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by Adam Kemp
Enterprise Reporter
Adam Kemp is an enterprise reporter and videographer for the Oklahoman and Newsok.com. Kemp grew up in Oklahoma City before attending Oklahoma State University. Kemp has interned for the Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette and covered Oklahoma State...
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