Tue, 10 Dec 2013 19:01:27 GMT
Russell Eugene Dawes, 97, is accused of shooting and killing his great-granddaughter.
Thursday morning, deputies found Sonja James, 30, dead in her bed from a gun shot wound to the chin.
Rodger Floyd, the director of Davis Funeral Home in Cushing, said he answered a call at 8:50 a.m. Thursday from Dawes. Dawes told him he needed help with a dead body.
When Floyd arrived at the house just a few miles west of Cushing "he met me at the door, he told me, he'd shot his granddaughter".
He's known the elderly man since the 1980s and handled many funeral arrangements for Dawes in the last 30 years.
When asked why he shot the woman, Russell Eugene Dawes told police that he 'got tired of her carrying on and I shot her,' according to an arrest report filed in Payne County District Court in central Oklahoma.
According to authorities, Dawes called a friend who owned a funeral home on Thursday morning and asked if he would pick up the body of his granddaughter, Sonja James, who had moved into his house to take care of him.
30-year-old Sonja James leaves behind an 8-year-old son after authorities say her great grandfather shot her
Sonja James' (right) body was found in a bed in the home she shared with her great grandfather.
Rodger Floyd, the owner and director of the Davis Funeral Home in Cushing, told police he rushed to Dawes' home, where he confessed to him that he'd shot his granddaughter and asked him to remove the body from his house.
'I went up to him, I told him, anything I could do to help him, I'd be more than happy to help him. He thanked me and he told me to take good care of his granddaughter,' Floyd, who has known Dawes for nearly 30 years and has helped him make other funeral arrangements, told WPTV.
Floyd immediately called police to report an unattended death.
According to police records, responding sheriff's deputies found James' body on a bed with a wound in her chin area.
James leaves behind an 8-year-old son.
Dawes has no criminal record and is described by his attorney as a 'very nice gentleman.' He's been charged with first-degree murder and is being held without bail.
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