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Oklahoma City man accused of killing, dismembering mother

Gerald David Hume, 52, was charged with first-degree murder in the fatal shooting and dismemberment of his mother, Janet Kay Hume, 77.
by Andrew Knittle and Nolan Clay Modified: November 19, 2012 at 8:40 pm •  Published: November 20, 2012

A mentally ill Oklahoma City man fatally shot his mother, dismembered her corpse and stored some of her body parts in a freezer at her home, prosecutors allege.

Police discovered the grisly scene when officers arrested Gerald David Hume last week after an 11-hour standoff.

Hume, 52, was arrested about 4:30 a.m. Wednesday when police officers forced their way into his mother's home at 11000 S Bryant Ave.

He was charged Monday in Cleveland County District Court with first-degree murder, desecration of a body and two felony counts of pointing a firearm.

The victim was identified as Janet Kay Hume, 77.

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.

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.

Items seized

District Attorney Greg Mashburn confirmed some of Janet Hume's body parts and a dead house cat were found in a freezer inside the home.

Detective Porter reported in the court affidavit said the victim was found in a bedroom.

The affidavit does not describe her condition. Gerald Hume was living with his mother.

Police seized from the home a serrated kitchen knife, a reciprocating saw and a Whirlpool freezer, according to an inventory of the search.

Police also removed a pair of black safety glasses with blood on them and a trash bag with bloodstained, “cutup” women's clothing.

Hundreds of rounds of ammunition, rifles and handguns also were taken from the house, the inventory shows.

Police said a dog was taken from the house, as well. Catherine English, manager of the Oklahoma City Animal Shelter, said the dog was released to Janet Hume's relatives.

Mashburn discredited speculation that the victim's body parts had been fed to the dog.

“I haven't been told anything like that,” the prosecutor said.

Janet Hume died of multiple gunshot wounds, according to Amy Elliott, a spokeswoman for the medical examiner's office.

The spokeswoman would not comment on the condition of the victim's body.

The murder charge filed Monday indicates she was shot sometime between Nov. 5 and Wednesday.

Police reported Janet Hume left work early Nov. 5 and never returned.

Three days later, relatives of the victim began trying to reach her by phone after they hadn't heard from her.

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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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by Nolan Clay
Sr. Reporter
Nolan Clay was born in Oklahoma and has worked as a reporter for The Oklahoman since 1985. He covered the Oklahoma City bombing trials and witnessed bomber Tim McVeigh's execution. His investigative reports have brought down public officials,...
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