'Known schizophrenic' bought guns before arrest in mother's shooting death

A man described by his own family members as “a known schizophrenic” bought guns in Moore and Del City in the weeks before he was arrested in the shooting death of his mother in Oklahoma City.
by Andrew Knittle Published: February 1, 2013

In Oklahoma — and many other states — it wouldn't matter because there is no law that requires — or even allows — law enforcement agencies to share mental health records they obtain, according to the report from the mayors' group.

And there doesn't seem to be a simple solution.

“The reasons for noncompliance are widely disparate and complex,” the report states. “Even among states with relatively successful record-submission programs, there is great variation in both the number and kind of mental health records being submitted to NICS.

“But a few common obstacles — privacy issues, logistical problems, lack of funding and lack of leadership — impair efforts in many states.”

About the crime

Gerald Hume was taken into custody Nov. 14 after an 11-hour standoff with police at his mother's home in southeast Oklahoma City. Before that, police had been to the residence numerous times looking for Janet Kay Hume, the defendant's mother.

Gerald Hume was described by a relative as “a known schizophrenic” who hears voices and requires treatment, police Detective David Jacobson reported in an affidavit for a search warrant.

Janet Hume, who was 77, had been reported missing by relatives in the days leading up to the standoff.

During the standoff, Gerald Hume admitted to a police negotiator that he had shot his mother in the chest, police Detective Ryan Porter reported in a court affidavit filed with the charge.

Police removed numerous guns, rifles and ammunition from the home he shared his mother. Janet Hume's body was found in a bedroom after a tactical team entered the residence.

Police also found a dead house cat and unspecified body parts that belonged to Janet Hume inside a freezer.

Gerald Hume's next court date is a Feb. 13 preliminary hearing, at which time a judge will decide whether the defendant will stand trial based on evidence and testimony from witnesses.

A district judge denied bond for Gerald David Hume due to the “gruesome nature of the alleged crime,” records show.


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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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