One killed, another injured in carjacking turned murder

Posted on: 4:04 pm, April 25, 2013, by , updated on: 11:25am, April 26, 2013

UPDATE: Officials said 40-year-old Laura Stenner was killed in Thursday’s carjacking.  

Dannell Rivers, 34, is in good condition at the hospital.

OKLAHOMA CITY – Police have made an arrest after one woman was killed and another critically injured in an attack in southwest Oklahoma City Thursday.

Oklahoma City police said the bloody attack started as a carjacking in a motel parking lot on the city’s southwest side.

Court records show the suspect in custody was just recently released from jail.

Oklahoma City Police swarmed the motel near I-240 and Western around 6 a.m.

“The two women had been staying there,” OKC Police Master Sgt. Gary Knight said. “When they came out, they were confronted by a man who wanted their car. It’s unclear what led to the struggle next.”

When police arrived one woman was dead another was critically injured. 

Brothers Patrick and Justin Ford were leaving from the other side of the motel when they noticed blood all over their car.

Patrick said, “We came out this morning and there was a bunch of stuff in the seats, car wouldn’t start because the ignition’s messed up.”

Justin said, “It’s all over the doors and all over the dash and everything.”

Police would not discuss the connection between this car and the crime scene at the same motel.

“We don’t know at this point,” Knight said. “It’s possible the person was trying to take another vehicle.”

As the scene unfolded, scanner traffic reported a man with blood on his hands found nearby.

Police later identified the man as 20-year-old Jeffrey Tate and he was arrested Thursday afternoon.

Court records show Tate has a lengthy criminal history including charges for larceny of a vehicle and possession of drugs.

Tate is being held on counts of first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon.

Police have not released the names of the victims.