Man tells girlfriend he killed his 64-year-old aunt in Midwest City and 'felt calm about it,' court documents show

Phillip Potts was charged Wednesday with murder in the death of 64-year-old Violet Hemphill. Cierra Steed, Potts' girlfriend, told police Potts fought with his aunt before she died.
BY TIM WILLERT twillert@opubco.com Published: February 23, 2012
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A man accused of murdering his 64-year-old aunt argued with her before she died, telling his girlfriend he killed her and “felt calm about it,” court documents show.

Phillip Michael Potts, 23, was charged Wednesday in Oklahoma County with one count of first-degree murder in connection with the Feb. 13 death of Violet Hemphill.

Potts' girlfriend, Cierra Steed, 22, told detectives that Potts got into an argument with his aunt and became so angry he tore up the living room of the victim's Midwest City home, according to a probable cause affidavit. It was not clear what the argument involved.

Potts then ran into his aunt's bedroom and started fighting with her, Steed told police, adding that he got a knife from the kitchen and returned to his aunt's bedroom.

When Potts emerged from the bedroom he told Steed “he needed a blunt object,” police reported.

At one point Steed told police she heard a “gurgling sound” coming from the back of the house.

When Potts emerged from the bedroom a second time, Steed “asked him if he had killed her and he responded he had and that he felt calm about it,” the affidavit shows.

Steed also told police she “observed blood all over the room and Violet Hemphill not moving,” and said she could not see the body because it was covered with a blanket.

Steed has denied any involvement in Hemphill's death and will not be charged in the case, Midwest City police said Wednesday.

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