Bartlesville murder suspect's mother wanted for fraud

BARTLESVILLE, Okla. - The mother of a man arrested last week for allegedly killing his grandmother with a baseball bat is herself wanted by authorities – though not in connection to the murder.

According to Washington County court records, 48-year-old Tami Jean Capps has an outstanding warrant against her for two felony fraud-related charges stemming from the unauthorized use a credit card belonging to Clara Hammer, her mother found dead at her home last week.

According to the report, in February 2011 Hammer filed a report with police saying that someone had used her credit card the prior month to make $3,642.31 in various Internet purchases. She told police she suspected her daughter, Tami, had used her card without permission.

She said Capps had said she needed to buy an airline ticket to England and told police at the time filing she thought Capps was in England.

Police later received a credit card statement from Hammer showing several travel-related purchases including ones for Aerlingus, Expedia and Orbitz.

Further investigation by the police department indicated Capps as the purchaser.

Eighty-one-year-old Hammer, Capps' mother, was found Wednesday by her front door last week by a neighbor who went to check on her after noticing her mail piling up and her vehicle missing.

Police arriving to the scene on Wednesday found the body with head injuries and a bat near they body. A search for Hammer's missing Oldsmobile turned up Brandon Capps, 20, whom police had already determined the primary suspect in the apparent murder.

The grandson arrested by police reportedly admitted to note only killing his grandmother, but also to stealing and selling her jewelry.

He remains in jail on a $1 million bond.

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