Woman accused in violent metro stabbing death arrested in Tulsa

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TULSA, Okla. - Agents swooped into a Tulsa neighborhood to arrest a woman accused of a violent metro murder.

She was on the run for months.

Police said Sumeika Byrd confessed to the murder of Brendon Turner.

She was actually in the Oklahoma County jail for an unrelated crime and bonded out before prosecutors charged her for the murder.

Then, finally, a tip led investigators to Tulsa.

28-year-old Turner was stabbed more than a dozen times inside a home in the 3600 block of South Kelley in August 2015.

Prosecutors said Byrd is a prostitute and had sex with Turner in exchange for drugs before she killed him.

“They checked my backyard to see if there was a, I guess a weapon or anything like that,” said neighbor Peggy Crabtree.

Investigators said they did find that weapon and, on it, they found Byrd’s DNA.

Her DNA was in the system from a previous arrest as a teen when she robbed a pizza delivery driver.

It was a horrific scene when Turner’s body was discovered by his mother.

Court records show Byrd confessed to police she stabbed Turner, “wildly slashing” at him.

Then, she told officers she came back to slash the tires on Turner’s car.

"I just couldn't believe he was the one who was hurt and he died,” Crabtree said.

Byrd insists she acted in self-defense after she said Turner took her boots with her money and hit her.

Prosecutors didn’t buy that story, and now she’s headed back to the Oklahoma County jail.

Byrd has been in jail before on drug related charges.

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