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Man hid 70-year-old stepfather's body before staging crime scene, police allege

Man hid 70-year-old stepfather's body before staging crime scene, police allege

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A midtown man was arrested early Monday after allegedly staging the scene to cover his stepfather’s death.

Somsai Harchareun, 28, was booked into the Tulsa County jail on a first-degree murder complaint in the death of Edward Johnson, 70.

Officers responded to the residence in the 5800 block of East 21st Street about 1:25 a.m. and found Johnson’s body lying in the front yard, an arrest and booking report states.

His head injuries indicated he had been hit with a metal object, the report states, and officers found a garden hoe near his body.

Harchareun initially told police he found Johnson in the front yard and then told his mother, who called 911, according to the report. But evidence at the scene indicated that the body had been staged in the front yard.

In a later interview at police headquarters, Harchareun said he and Johnson got into an argument before he killed Johnson, according to the report.

The killing occurred earlier in the day, Harchareun said, and he hid his stepfather’s body on the side of the residence before staging the scene later, the report states.

Johnson’s death is being investigated as Tulsa’s 12th homicide this year.

Harchareun’s name was spelled Som Sai Hakchareun in online jail records.

He was being held without bond.

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