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October 24th, 2007 02:13 PM
Sosay Women Found Dead In A Tarp Identified



Updated 10/24/2007

A motorists makes a gruesome discovery in North Tulsa. The bodies of two were found under a tarp, dumped on the side of the road along 56th Street North, just East of Highway 75. News On 6 anchor Craig Day reports police have now identified the victims.

Tulsa police say 29-year-old Angela Bassett and 36-year-old Angela Hargrove were found partially clothed, bound and wrapped in a tarp just off the side of the road. A driver traveling along 56th Street North made the gruesome discovery Tuesday morning after he saw the tarp and stopped to pick it up.

"When he checked it out, he found the bodies of what are believed to be two white females within the tarp," Tulsa Police Chief Ron Palmer said.

Police believe the women were likely killed somewhere else and then dumped along the road only a short time before they were discovered.

"We had preliminary information that somebody drove along here that works at the dumpsite here, that didn't see the bodies at seven o'clock, and then at 7:20, they were discovered by another worker," said Palmer.

Police aren't releasing the exact cause of death and are now working to find out if anyone saw anything out of the ordinary.

"We will go back and try and find if there were other witnesses that drove by. Linking the last known people to the victims is the best way to start these investigations and we'll be doing that as quickly as we can," said Tulsa Police Chief Ron Palmer.

Anyone with information that could help police find the killers of Hargrove and Basset should call Crimestoppers at 596-COPS. You can remain anonymous and could earn a cash reward if your tip leads to an arrest and conviction in the case.
October 24th, 2007 02:33 PM
Sosay Updated: Police questioning person of interest in double homicide


Police were questioning a man and a woman Tuesday night in connection with a double homicide that was discovered early Tuesday, and police and sheriff's deputies were serving a search warrant at the man's Tulsa County home.

The bodies of two women were found wrapped in a blue tarp on the side of a road on the northern city limits Tuesday morning.

Late that evening, police Sgt. Mike Huff identified the women as Angela Bassett, who is thought to be 29, and Angela Hargrove, who is thought to be 36.

Investigators have confirmed that the two victims were alive late Monday night, Tulsa County Sheriff's Capt. John Bowman said.

Preliminary information indicates that the bodies, which were clothed, may have been on the roadside only about 20 or 30 minutes when they were found, Police Chief Ron Palmer said.

Authorities found a person who did not see the tarp and bodies when driving along the road about 7 a.m., he said, and the bodies were right at the northern edge of the road.

The slayings are Tulsa's 54th and 55th homicides of the year.

Bowman said investigators developed as a person of interest a man who lives near 156th Street North and Sheridan Road.

Officers in unmarked vehicles monitored the property, which includes a large house on several acres, while a search warrant was prepared, he said.

The officers saw a man leave the house with a woman and drive away in a truck cab without a trailer, Bowman and Tulsa Police Cpl. Gene Watkins said. Officers followed it and pulled it over at 97th East Avenue and 116th Street North, Bowman said.

The man and woman were taken in for questioning, but Huff said they were not being called suspects at that time. Authorities were not saying how they linked the man to the killings.

Tulsa police officers and the sheriff's SWAT Team began serving the search warrant at the property Tuesday night and will continue searching the acreage Wednesday morning, Bowman said. Deputies were posted to guard the property overnight, he said.

Before serving the search warrant, officials knew that guns were in the house and that surveillance cameras were on the property, Bowman said.

Authorities said earlier in the day that it was too early in the investigation to determine how the women died.

''They look like they might be bound, but we don't know a cause of death yet,'' Palmer said before the bodies were moved.

The women did not have identification on them, and detectives sought the public's help in determining their identities.

Palmer said a passing motorist saw the tarp in the 4000 block of East 56th Street North about 7:20 a.m. and called 911 when he found the bodies inside it.

EMSA medics who responded notified Tulsa County sheriff's deputies, because authorities initially thought the crime scene was outside the Tulsa city limits.

Officers then consulted maps that revealed that the bodies were just inside the city limits, so Tulsa police took over the investigation.

Anyone with information about the deaths is asked to call Crime Stoppers at 596-COPS.

The Crime Commission offers rewards for information that leads to arrests, and callers can be anonymous.
October 27th, 2007 06:00 AM
pointduesouth Two Arrested In Double Murder



Two men are jailed Wednesday night in connection with a Tulsa County double murder. Tulsa Police reportedly arrested Tony Hall and Eric Phillips. They believe the men may have been involved in the killings of Angela Hardgrove and Angela Bassett.

The bodies of the two women were found wrapped in a tarp Tuesday morning on the side of a road.

Investigators have served search warrants at each man’s house. One was at a home near Pine and Yale. The other was at a home on East Marshall. Detectives say they found rope and tarps that matched those used in the murders when they searched one of the residences.

Tony Hall reportedly told detectives he dropped the two women off at Eric Phillips' home. Tony Hall says he got a call a little later, asking him to come back. Hall says when he got back to Phillips' house, the women were dead.

Tony Hall admits to helping Eric Phillips dump the bodies on the side of the road.
October 27th, 2007 06:04 AM
pointduesouth Two Arrested In Connection With Double Murder

October 24, 2007

Police have taken two men into custody in connection with Tuesday's murders of two women whose bodies were found along 56th Street North.

The bodies of 29-year-old Angela Bassett and 36-year-old Angela Hargrove were discovered by a passing motorist Tuesday morning at about 7:20 a.m. The bodies had been bound and were lying under a blue tarp.

One of the men taken into custody -- identified as 52-year-old Tony Alton Hall -- was booked into the Tulsa County Jail on a complaint of accessory to murder after the fact. The other man who police say is Eric Lee Phillips, was later booked on a first-degree murder complaint.

Neither of the men have been formally charged yet.

Police took the men into custody at about 6:30 Wednesday evening after receiving information from witnesses that said the two women were seen together Monday night at a bar and that both left with a man in a Dodge Durango. Another witness said they had spoken with Hargrove over the phone during that time and that she said she was waiting for a man named "Tony" to pick her up from the bar.

The investigation revealed that man to be Tony Hall. Wednesday evening, police arrived at Hall's residence in the 73-hundred block of East Marshall and saw the Dodge Durango. They also saw several blue tarps like the ones that were covering the bodies.

As officers prepared to serve a search warrant, they observed Hall leaving the residence in the pickup. They pulled Hall over and notified him of the warrant. It's at that time that Hall told them he met the two women at a bar and took both to Phillips' home. He then left, but was later contacted by Philllips and asked to come back to the home.

He said when he got there, he found the two women, bound and deceased. He says he helped Phillips move the bodies from the residence and later dump them along 56th Street North.

The motive for the murders is still a mystery at this time. Police say they are still interviewing witnesses, but don't anticipate any more arrests.

According to the Department of Corrections website, Hall has previous convictions for larceny, second-degree burglary, felony drug possession and knowingly concealing stolen property.
October 27th, 2007 06:15 AM
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October 27th, 2007 06:17 AM
pointduesouth The Latest On Double Murder Arrests



Police in Tulsa nab two suspects in a double homicide case. Detectives believe one of the men strangled two women on Tuesday, and his friend helped cover it up. News On 6 anchor Latoya Silmon reports the case began as a real whodunit. But, police credit good detective work in cracking the case. Police note both suspects are not new to the justice system.

Less than 48 hours after the murders, police arrested Eric Phillips and Tony Hall. Investigators say Phillips killed the two women and Hall helped him cover it up.

“We were able to develop, as the investigation continued, witnesses who were able to place the victims with these individuals at certain times,” said Tulsa Police detective Vic Regalado.

Both of the men have had run ins with the law. Eric Phillips is currently facing a domestic assault and battery by strangulation charge. Court documents say he beat and choked his wife last April. In June, a judge ruled there was enough evidence for him to stand trial. Eric Phillips was out on bond, but now he's back in jail accused of strangulation again. Tulsa Police say this time it ended in death.

“We weren't given a reason by those individuals why they were killed. And, I'm not sure we’ll ever know why they killed the victims, but the fact of the matter is they did,” said Tulsa Police detective Vic Regalado.

While all the reasons aren’t known, more details are known about what happened Tuesday.

According to police reports, Tony Hall admitted to his part in the cover-up. He told police he picked the women up in a bar and took them to Eric Phillips’ house. He says he left and when he returned, the women were dead.
October 27th, 2007 06:19 AM
pointduesouth Police Continue Investigation After Double Murder Arrests

October 25, 2007

There are some answers today for the families of two women found murdered and dumped along 56th Street North Tuesday morning. That's after the arrests of two men in connection with their deaths. According to the police report, Angela Hargrove and Angela Bassett were at a bar Monday night and left with a man police believe is one of their suspects. That information led them to the arrests, which is news that comes as a relief to the families.

We were with the Hargrove family shortly after they learned of the two arrests.

"I don't know how anyone could do that to a child, strangle them and hurt them, throw them on the road like that. I really hope they have enough evidence."

Any relief was clearly out-measured by grief, perhaps felt the most by a ten-year-old girl, who needs to say very little about what it's like to lose a mother.

"Before she left, she gave me a hug and a kiss and then she said goodbye," says Terin Hargrove.

"We believe that suspect (Tony) Hall knew Angela Hargrove," says Detective Vic Regalado. "We believe Eric Phillips was only acquainted with her. Suspect Hall picked up the victims at a bar and transported them to Eric Phillips' residence and then a that time the victims were killed, then transported and dumped."

There are a few more answers today for the families of the victims. But, there is still one very big question.

"Still like to know why they had to take their lives and why dump them on the side of the road like trash," says Mike Underwood, Angela Bassett's uncle. "That's a mystery."

According to the police report, Hall told officers that Phillips used a blow torch to burn and dispose of Angela Bassett's cell phone. He said use of the blow torch left a burn mark on the floor. When detectives served a search warrant on Phillips' home, they found partially burned cards and other personal effects belonging to Bassett. They also located the burn mark on the floor as described by Hall. They also located rope and twine similar to that used to bind the victims.

The police report also states the women were strangled. Hall told police he was gone when the women were murdered, but helped dispose of their bodies. So far, he faces an accessory to murder charge. Phillips is facing murder charges. But, police say they are still gathering information and are looking for more witnesses who have additional insight into the case.