EDMOND — Grabbing a chain-link fence for support, Louie Almon leaned over and wept for his great aunt, who police said died at the hands of a relative Saturday.
“It's a nightmare,” Almon said. “It's disturbing.”
Ronald Sparks, 47, of Edmond, was arrested in connection with the woman's death, Edmond police Sgt. Chad Langley said.
Officers were called about 3:20 p.m. Saturday to 1000 E Edwards Street about a possible drowning. When they arrived, they found an “elderly female” dead in the bathroom.
It appeared that she was in the bathtub and removed by Sparks before authorities arrived at the house, Langley said.
Police said Sparks is a relative of the woman and lives in the house with her and another woman.
The deceased woman's name has not been released, pending notification of next of kin.
Langley said Sparks called 911 and seemed visually upset at the scene; however, investigators later discovered signs of a struggle and arrested Sparks on a murder complaint.
Sparks was booked into Oklahoma County jail about 1:30 a.m. Sunday, a jail employee said.
No weapons were found at the scene, Langley said. The state medical examiner will determine the woman's cause of death.
Langley said the case is the first homicide in Edmond this year.
“We may be a smaller city, but we have the same problems as other cities do,” he said.
Moved from Lawton
Almon, 36, said his great aunt recently moved from Lawton and was staying in the home.
“She never did nothing wrong to deserve this,” he said, tears welling up in his eyes.
Neighbors said Sparks seemed like a sweet man but was always yelling and talking to himself.
“He kind of wanders the neighborhood. He's always yelling and screaming across the street,” said neighbor Christina Scott.
Scott, 36, said she thought Sparks had a mental illness, but she couldn't imagine he would ever hurt someone.
“I would have never guessed that,” she said. “I never felt threatened by him at all.”
Neighbor Melissa Peach lives in another house behind the residence. She said she used to hear yelling and screaming at 3 a.m. that sounded like it was coming from Sparks.