An incident report written by an officer who was at least the third police officer to arrive at the scene of a beating death was released Monday by Oklahoma City police.
The officer was sent Nov. 2 to the home of Julie Mitchell, 34, of 640 NW 150, who the medical examiner said died from multiple blunt force trauma to the head. The officer did not go inside the house and did not conduct any interviews.
Reports from officers who went in the house and investigated were labeled as "supplemental" and not released.
No arrests have been made in connection with Mitchell's death. She was married to Teddy Mitchell, 56, and was the stepmother of his three grown sons and the mother of a 13-month-old girl.
Julie Mitchell was found in a closet along with her uninjured daughter, who was covered in blood, Oklahoma City television station KOCO is reporting. The station obtained a fire department report about the homicide case, which fire officials said this morning was released in error and will not be given to any other media outlets.
The fire department report obtained by KOCO states that Oklahoma City fire investigators were first on the scene. The report states that paramedics carried Julie Mitchell's 13-month-old child out of the house covered in blood.
"That report should have never been released," Fire Deputy Chief Cecil Clay told The Oklahoman this morning. He said it should not have been made public because it is part of the police investigation.
One of the stepsons, whose name was not released, called 911 about 10:20 p.m. after finding the body. The police officer wrote in the report released Monday that the 911 caller said "Mom shot herself."
Investigators later determined the death was not a suicide.
The police incident report states that firefighters already were inside the home when the officer arrived. The officer wrote that he ran crime scene tape around the perimeter of the property and prevented a student with the Emergency Medical Services Authority from entering the home. He also conducted a sweep of the back of the house and secured the north side of the property.
Reports from the officers who went inside the house, a police lieutenant and the watch commander, are considered supplemental and are not public record, Oklahoma City police Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said Monday.
Authorities have said Teddy Mitchell is a poker player and a sports bookie. One of his sons who asked not to be identified said Teddy Mitchell was out of town when the body was found.
Wardlow confirmed Friday that an anonymous letter with details about Julie Mitchell's death was given to some media outlets. Wardlow asked that the details of the letter not be released to the public.
Police seized computer equipment from the house and will examine it for clues about the death, Wardlow said.
A paid obituary that ran in the Monday edition of The Oklahoman said Mitchell was an All-American cheerleader and Catholic high school graduate from Boca Raton, Fla. She competed in track at the Junior Olympics before graduating from the University of Southern California with a business degree in 1998.
Julie Mitchell was married to Teddy Mitchell in 2005 and their daughter was born in September 2009, according to the obituary.
"In becoming a mother, she fulfilled her life's ambition and the past year was the most precious and blessed time of her life," the obituary read.
"Julie was high-spirited and will be remembered not only for her outer beauty but more for her caring soul, strong hugs, infectious smile and ability to make everyone around her feel loved and appreciated," her family wrote in the obituary.