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Woman found dead in Edmond identified

Edmond police were called to investigate a possible drowning about 3:20 p.m. Saturday at 1000 E Edwards. Officers arrived and found a woman dead in the bathroom. A relative was later arrested in connection with her death. TIFFANY GIBSON - THE OKLAHOMAN
Edmond police were called to investigate a possible drowning about 3:20 p.m. Saturday at 1000 E Edwards. Officers arrived and found a woman dead in the bathroom. A relative was later arrested in connection with her death. TIFFANY GIBSON - THE OKLAHOMAN

EDMOND — An 89-year-old woman killed in Edmond's first homicide of 2012 has been identified.

Bernice Daugherty was the victim, state medical examiner spokeswoman Amy Elliott said Tuesday. The cause of death is still pending.

Police said the woman was found dead Saturday in a bathroom at 1000 E Edwards St. Her nephew, Ronald Sparks, 47, was arrested in connection with her death.

According to a probable cause affidavit, Sparks told officers he put his aunt's face into the bath water and used his foot to hold her head under the water until she stopped moving.

Afterward, Sparks said he left her body submerged in the bath water and left the house for a couple of hours. When he returned, he called 911.

He said he was living in the home with his aunt and his mother. Sparks told police they were evil and planning to kill him.

Police said Sparks told detectives he hoped they would think Daugherty's death was an accident. He said he put one slipper on her foot to make it look like she had slipped in the bathroom. He said he also threw her broken eyeglasses into the bathtub, according to the affidavit.

Sparks is being held in the Oklahoma County jail without bail.

Tiffany Gibson

Tiffany Gibson has worked for The Oklahoman since August 2011 and is a member of the enterprise team and digital desk. In addition to writing and web editing, she creates interactive features for NewsOK.com and assists with data visualization and... Read more ›

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