TULSA - A man questioned by Tulsa police in connection with the stabbing death of a Tulsa teenager is now in custody on unrelated charges.
Tulsa homicide detective Sgt. Dave Walker says warrants were issued for James Barber, 31, for drug and firearm possession.
On Saturday, March 2, 18-year-old Gabrielle Bledsoe was found by her mother in their north Tulsa home. She had been stabbed in the neck.
Police called Barber, a former boyfriend of Bledsoe's mother, to the home for questioning. He invoked his right to counsel.
A search warrant and subsequent search of Barber's car uncovered drugs. A second search at a residence where Barber was staying uncovered more drugs and a firearm.
On Tuesday, Barber's attorney accompanied him to Tulsa Police headquarters where he was taken into custody.
"Mr. Barber appeared at the police station with his attorney," said Walker. "His cooperation continues to be minimum, but should not be construed as being guilty of anything."
Investigators took DNA samples and fingerprints of Barber at the station.
Forensics from the murder scene are still pending and Walker says the investigation is ongoing.
Barber posted bail overnight and was released from jail at 2:20 a.m.
Anyone with information is asked to call Crime Stoppers at (918) 596-COPS.
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