Oklahoma crime briefs for Feb. 5, 2013

Oklahoma crime briefs for Feb. 5
Published: February 5, 2013
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SHEILA STOGSDILL, FOR THE OKLAHOMAN

Son charged in mother's killing

— A man who told police he saw a teenager beat his mother to death has been charged with aiding the son, court documents show. Josiah Israel Sklar, 19, was charged Monday with a felony count of accessory after the fact. Sklar told police that he saw Henry David “Hank” Laird, 17, beat his mother, Linda Laird, to death with the butt of a shotgun, according to reports. Linda Laird was found dead Jan. 22 in her home, police said. Sklar was arrested the next day. The charge states that Sklar helped Hank Laird avoid apprehension. Hank Laird has been charged with first-degree murder, and the court entered a not-guilty plea on his behalf last week. His next court appearance is scheduled for March 14. His juvenile record includes three domestic assault-and-battery cases in which his mother was the victim, court records show.

JERRY WOFFORD, TULSA WORLD

DNA leads to charges in 1990 rape

— Authorities say a cold case investigation into a Waupaca County double homicide 21 years ago has led to charges in a 1990 sexual assault. Glendon Gouker is charged with sexually assaulting a woman in Iola in November 1990. The Wisconsin Department of Justice says DNA evidence from the assault was resubmitted to the State Crime Lab and Gouker was found to be a contributor to the DNA. State and local authorities say Gouker, 41 — who is incarcerated in Oklahoma — is a person of interest in the 1992 fatal stabbings of Tanna Togstad, 23, and Tim Mumbrue, 35. Waupaca County Sheriff Brad Hardel said Monday the two cases are similar but didn't specify how. A message left for Gouker's attorney in Norman was not immediately returned.

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