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.
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.
Police would visit Janet Hume’s home several times over the next three days, at one point calling in the bomb squad to disarm a homemade explosive device in the backyard, according to court records.
During this time, Gerald Hume reportedly said his mother was on a trip or he simply refused to answer the door.
Police obtained a search warrant Nov. 13 after failing to locate Janet Hume or make contact with her son.
Gerald Hume, who was subdued using bean bag projectiles, pointed a 9 mm handgun at two police officers during his arrest, Porter reported.
Oklahoma City police dealt with Gerald Hume four separate times before last week’s arrest.
Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter Nelson said police have been called to the residence four times over the past six years, most recently in April 2011.
He said all the incidents involved “some aspect of Mr. Hume’s mental health.”
In August 2009, police dealt with Gerald Hume after an incident at his mother’s home.
“Gerald was involved in an incident in which he boarded up the windows of the residence, and shot at vehicles as they drove by,” Detective Jacobson wrote in the search warrant affidavit.
Nelson said police cannot release reports related to the prior incidents because they relate to Gerald Hume’s mental health.
He also was arrested in 2007 on a complaint of leaving the scene of an accident, a misdemeanor.
As for how Gerald Hume was able to get his hands on so many guns, Nelson said he wasn’t sure how it happened.
“That is something I don’t know … but I would assume we will look into that,” he said. “But there are a lot of ways people with mental issues can get guns … there’s just so many loopholes.”
A relative of the victim told police he had removed several rifles from the house because of Gerald Hume’s mental condition, according to the search warrant affidavit.
Detectives reported a family friend said “Janet Hume told her that Gerald had recently bought several guns,” according to the search warrant affidavit.
Nelson said anybody — regardless of criminal history or mental stability — can purchase firearms at gun shows or from ordinary “citizens.”
“You can sell those guns to anybody you want to, as a citizen,” he said. “You have no obligation to check that person out.”
Even if Gerald Hume had attempted to buy a gun from an authorized dealer, Nelson said, he could’ve possibly succeeded. “The state of Oklahoma doesn’t transfer information to the national mental health database … a lot of states don’t,” Nelson said. “It’s not regulated that they do it.”