A man is accused of killing his live-in girlfriend, whose death initially was thought to be a suicide.
James D. Franklin, 48, of Oklahoma City, was arrested Thursday on a first-degree murder complaint after he gave police conflicting accounts of what happened, court documents show.
Police called Wednesday to a residence in the 2400 block of S MacArthur Boulevard found the body of Elizabeth Danielle Yarbrough lying on a bedroom floor, a probable cause affidavit filed in Oklahoma County shows.
The call was first dispatched as an attempted suicide, police reported.
A preliminary investigation by the state medical examiner revealed the woman had injuries consistent with blunt force trauma, the affidavit shows.
Franklin gave police differing versions of how and when Yarbrough's injuries occurred, and said he hit the victim the day she died and choked her the previous day, the affidavit shows.
Franklin also told police he used marijuana and methamphetamine.
He was charged with misdemeanor domestic violence in 2003 after allegedly choking and hitting his wife.
The case was dismissed in 2007, court records show.