Woman found dead, son suspected of stabbing
OKLAHOMA CITY — Oklahoma City Police are investigating a homicide involving a woman found dead in her town home. Police responded to the Autumn Ridge Apartments about 1:30 a.m. near NW 36th and Meridian after the victim’s daughter called 911.
The daughter had asked authorities to check on her mother. Police found her body, apparently she died from stab wounds.
The victim’s name has not been released. Police say the victim’s son is suspected of the crime.
He is in police custody.
UPDATE: An urgent phone call to police from a daughter wondering about the well-being of her mother, led officials to find Ocie Hardeman, dead in her town home.
“She had obvious signs of trauma to her body, consistent with homicide,” said Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow, assistant public information officer with the Oklahoma City Police Department.
Officials said Ocie suffered from stab wounds and her son, 38-year-old Fredric Hardeman Jr., is suspected of killing her.
“Our investigators obviously spoke with him out at the scene, through further investigation it was determined that he would be in fact arrested for 1st degree murder,” said Wardlow.
The manager of Autumn Ridge Townhomes said normally, it’s very quiet in the area; however, this was not the first time police have responded to a domestic violence disturbance in the unit where the alleged crime took place.
“When we checked that address and we did have one previous call in the past six months,” said Wardlow.
Investigators are now left to put the pieces of the puzzle together, and find out exactly what caused a fight between a mother and a son, turn deadly.
With one deceased, and the suspected killer in custody, officials believe this was an isolated incident.
“I don’t think there’s any reason for the general public to be in fear for their safety or for their life,” said Wardlow.
The manager of Autumn Ridge Townhomes did not want to talk on camera, but said the mother and son lived at the complex for nine years and said the victim, Ocie Hardeman, was a very sweet woman.