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Oklahoma City man shot mother 11 times before dismembering her, according to her autopsy

A mentally ill Oklahoma City man shot his mother 11 times — and later dismembered her corpse — with a handgun he'd bought days earlier in Del City, the woman's autopsy report shows.
by Andrew Knittle Published: February 2, 2013
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During a search of the house, police removed a reciprocating saw, protective glasses with blood on them and cutup women's clothes. They also took the Glock, rifles and hundreds of rounds of ammunition.

Oklahoma City police Capt. Dexter Nelson said Gerald Hume was able to get the weapons because he lied on an application required for those wishing to purchase firearms.

The form lists two questions regarding an applicants' mental health, although it's not clear whether Gerald Hume was ever deemed mentally defective or if he's ever been forcibly committed to a mental institution.

A relative said the defendant is “a known schizophrenic” who hears voices and requires treatment, police detective David Jacobson reported in an affidavit for a search warrant.

Hume's next court date is a Feb. 13 preliminary hearing, at which time a judge will decide whether the defendant will stand trial based on evidence and testimony from witnesses.

A district judge denied bail for Hume due to the “gruesome nature of the alleged crime,” records show.

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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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