BETHANY — A Bethany man told police investigators he stabbed his wife to death after she confronted him about looking at pornography, then shopped for golf equipment and attended a basketball tournament before returning home to call 911.
Reginald Scott Bartlett, 58, remained in the Oklahoma County jail without bail Monday on a murder complaint in the Saturday stabbing death of Cathy Bartlett, 57. He has not been charged.
Bartlett told police he had been viewing pornography on his computer when his wife came into the room, according to an affidavit filed Monday in Oklahoma County District Court. He said she shouted at him about a bank statement because she thought he was buying pornography. He said she slapped him on the side of the head.
“According to him (Bartlett), she had confronted him about that type of activity before,” Bethany Police Chief Phil Cole said. “He certainly didn't indicate that any of those were violent confrontations.”
Reginald Bartlett was rolling around on the living room floor when police arrived at their home at 7600 NW 25 about 6:35 p.m. Saturday, police officer Angelo Orefice wrote in the affidavit. His wife was found on the floor in a bedroom and had numerous stab wounds to her body.
After confessing to the crime several hours later, Bartlett told police he had “snapped,” grabbed a knife and stabbed his wife repeatedly. He then pulled off some of her clothes to make it look like she had been raped and staged a robbery, Orefice wrote.
Then he went to a sporting goods store and to the tournament at Southern Nazarene University before returning home to call 911.
“Somebody broke in. They killed her. Oh God,” Bartlett said in the phone call, which was released Monday to the media.
Bartlett told police he is “a sick individual” and is addicted to pornography.
Orefice wrote that Bartlett told police several times he loved his wife. He had scratch marks on his arms and neck and at first said they came from machinery he used at his job, but later said they probably came from his wife as he attacked her.
Bartlett told investigators he did a bad thing and deserved to die and didn't know how he was going to face his family.
Police who were first on the scene said they did not notice any signs of forced entry.
“Right away, our investigators saw some things that led them to believe this was inconsistent with a burglary,” Cole said. “The nature of the wounds to the deceased woman indicated more of a rage situation.”
Bartlett was taken to a hospital because of his distraught state, but police interviewed him after he was released.
“The lack of emotion that the suspect showed after his release from the hospital really indicated to us that probably he wasn't being up front and honest with us,” Cole said.
After about three hours of questioning, Bartlett confessed to killing his wife, Cole said. He told investigators he put the knife, a computer and his clothes into a duffel bag and threw it into Lake Overholser. Police had not recovered the bag Monday.
Cole said police had never been sent to the home about a domestic dispute, and neighbors said they had never heard the couple fighting.
Bartlett's Facebook page, listed under the first name of Reggie, features a profile photo of himself and his wife. The portion visible to the public lists him as a 1970 graduate of Northwest Classen High School in Oklahoma City and a 1973 graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University.
The Facebook page says Bartlett expected to retire in four years from his supervisory job at Bethany's water treatment facility. He says he loves to play golf, attend University of Oklahoma football games and ride around town in his Jeep with the top down.
Cathy Bartlett's Facebook page lists her maiden name as Rounds and says she is a retired social worker from the state Department of Human Services. It lists her as a 1972 graduate of John Marshall High School and that she also attended a high school in Washingtonville, N.Y., and is a 1976 graduate of Oklahoma Baptist University.
The Bartletts' 30th wedding anniversary would have been Jan. 31, according to the victim's Facebook page. She said she attended an art group and Bible study sessions and listed her interests as reading, painting and knitting.
The pair did not have a child together, according to their Facebook pages, but Reginald Bartlett has a son from a previous marriage.
Cole said he knew Bartlett because both have worked for the city of Bethany more than 20 years.
“I would say you'd be hard pressed to find any employee who did not know him,” Cole said. “ ... Certainly, we're shocked.”