- Associated Press - Thursday, November 6, 2014

TULSA, Okla. (AP) - Tulsa police and a county sheriff disagree over who should guard a hospitalized suspect in a recent slaying.

Police said Robert Julius Tillotson III was charged with first-degree murder Friday in last month’s fatal shooting of former girlfriend Amy Stratton.

Police said Tillotson shot himself in the head and he hasn’t been booked into jail yet because he’s still being treated, the Tulsa World (https://bit.ly/1y9nMJ0 ) reported.

Tulsa County District Court says its records don’t list an attorney for Tillotson.

The city and county are in a dispute over a jail contract that recently expired that required the city to pay only a housing fee for municipal inmates.

County commissioners approved a resolution that would charge Tulsa increased housing fees for state and municipal inmates and booking fees. The Tulsa City Council voted last week to not pay the new fees, which took effect Saturday.

Tulsa City Attorney David O’Meilia said state law requires the county sheriff’s office to guard a hospitalized offender. He said Tulsa police wanted the Sheriff’s Office to stand watch because it was their responsibility to do so then.

Undersheriff Tim Albin said the county refused to take Tillotson before relenting as to “not upset the heated negotiations (they’re) in with the city.”

But O’Meilia said Wednesday that it was his email to District Attorney Tim Harris on Tuesday that prompted the Sheriff’s Office to change its mind.

In the email, obtained by the World through an Open Records Request, O’Meilia states that the Tulsa Police Department had advised him that they would seek to have misdemeanor charges filed against any deputy that refuses to accept Tillotson.

But O’Meilia said the sheriff’s office changed its mind after he emailed District Attorney Tim Harris to say the Tulsa Police Department had advised him officers would seek misdemeanor charges against deputies if they refused to accept Tillotson.


Information from: Tulsa World, https://www.tulsaworld.com

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