Oklahoma City homicide numbers increase for first half of 2012

Oklahoma City police say there were 48 homicides in Oklahoma City during the first half of 2012, more than in recent years. At least 14 of the deaths were related to domestic violence or child abuse.
by Juliana Keeping Modified: July 15, 2012 at 5:00 am •  Published: July 16, 2012
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Tia Bloomer had put an abusive relationship behind her. The 19-year-old mother and college student maintained a 3.7 grade-point average.

She was two weeks away from beginning service in the U.S. Air Force when her life was cut short.

Dozens of horrified onlookers watched March 16 as Bloomer was stabbed multiple times at downtown Oklahoma City's Metro Transit hub before a security guard pulled her attacker off.

Police arrested Isaiah Tryon, 22, on a murder complaint. Tryon is the father of Bloomer's 2-year-old child.

Bloomer's death is among at least 14 homicides Oklahoma City investigators have characterized as domestic violence-related or child abuse cases.

There were 48 homicides in the first six months of 2012, compared to 30 during the same period in 2011 and 26 in 2010.

Counted among the 2012 dead are an unborn child, four babies and children from 2 months to 5 years old, and a 16-year-old boy. Adult homicide victims' ages ranged from 18 to 78.

Not included in the homicide total are the suicides of three men who killed their wives or families before taking their own lives.

That was the case in the deaths of Allison Johnston, 1, and her mother, Tara Shay Johnston, 29. Police say Daniel Johnston, 29, killed his wife and daughter before flying to Las Vegas and killing himself.

Daniel Johnston was found dead Feb. 28 in a Las Vegas hotel room hours after his wife and child were found dead at their home at 12732 Teakwood Road in Oklahoma City. The Nevada medical examiner reported Johnston died from blood loss from self-inflicted cuts to his body.

The first two homicide victims of the year also were related to domestic violence, authorities said.

Jaymie Adams was found dead Jan. 7 at a dirt bike track in southeast Oklahoma City. She was pregnant with her fifth child when she was killed. The mother and three of her children had stayed at a women's shelter in Norman two months earlier.

Justin Adams now sits in Oklahoma County jail, facing two murder complaints. He awaits a July 27 preliminary hearing in the slayings to determine if evidence is sufficient for a trial. Adams reported his wife missing in the early hours of Dec. 10 and told investigators that she was an active prostitute who used Craigslist to seek clients.

Jaymie Adams' body was found about a month later in a wooded area near Lake Stanley Draper. The state medical examiner determined she had been beaten and stabbed to death.

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by Juliana Keeping
Enterprise Reporter
Juliana Keeping is on the enterprise reporting team for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. Keeping joined the staff of The Oklahoman in 2012. Prior to that time, she worked in the Chicago media at the SouthtownStar, winning a Peter Lisagor Award...
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