Oklahoma City man charged in wife's slaying

James William Wood, 47, has been charged with first-degree murder in the death of Larita Wood, 49. Her body was found Nov. 23 inside an apartment in northwest Oklahoma City, according to court records.
BY MATT DINGER mdinger@opubco.com Modified: December 2, 2013 at 5:34 pm •  Published: December 2, 2013

An Oklahoma City man has been charged with first-degree murder after his wife was found dead in a northwest Oklahoma City apartment last month.

James William Wood, 47, is accused of killing Larita Wood, 49, Nov. 23 inside a unit at 11133 Springhollow Road, according to court records.

Her relatives said James Wood argued with the victim the day she was found dead and that he had made threats and exhibited controlling behavior, according to the probable cause affidavit.

A police chaplain who was friends with Larita Wood told officers she had sent a “911” text to him earlier in the day and sounded disoriented when they spoke on the phone, the affidavit states.

Wood was intent on committing “suicide by cop” or killing several officers because he was “highly trained and lethal,” the chaplain told police.

The Woods were married in March 2013, but the victim's daughter said they were having marital trouble and Larita Wood had been considering ending the relationship, records show.

James Wood remains in the Oklahoma County jail without bail.

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