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Memorial Service set for Couple Killed by their Son

Posted at 9:13 AM, Mar 09, 2020
and last updated 2020-03-09 10:23:42-04

TULSA — Asbury United Methodist Church is hosting a memorial service for Beverly and Joseph Spence this Friday.

The memorial will be held on March 13 at 10 a.m. at Asbury United Methodist Church near 71st and Mingo.

The service is open to the public.

Tulsa Police say they arrested a suspect in connection to the deaths of Beverly and Joseph Spence.

Detectives arrested 40-year-old Bryan Spence, the son of the victims.

The investigation started on a Monday morning, when someone called police about an abandoned SUV just north of the football field at Jenks East Elementary School.

Officers say they found rifles inside the vehicle. The SUV's records led detectives to a home on East 88th Street and Braden Avenue.

Officers smelled a strong gas odor coming from the home, so they called the Tulsa Fire Department and hazmat crews.

After evacuating several nearby homes, authorities found the victims dead inside. According to the affidavit, both victims had been shot to death.

During an interview with investigators, Bryan Spence stated he was not in Tulsa the day or night before, says the affidavit. After more investigation, police found one of the victim's iPad had text messages between Bryan Spence and his father.

On March 1, the daughter of the victims texted with her mother, who said Bryan Spence was at their home in Tulsa at that moment. According to the affidavit, Bryan Spence denied ever being at his parents' home or in Tulsa.

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During the investigation, Bryan Spence gave his cell phone to police where it was discovered that Bryan Spence had deleted his messages with his father, later stating he didn't realize he had, says the affidavit. Bryan Spence also stated he drives a 2006 white Nissan Armada, to which investigators found video surveillance showing a white Nissan Armada driving towards the victims' home around 7 p.m. on March 1.

Bryan Spence first said he traveled to Tulsa to collect $3,000 from his father, according to the affidavit. Bryan, after being confronted with his father's text messages, stated he owed his father $17,000.

Bryan Spence was booked on two complaints of first degree murder, according to booking report.

Bryan Spence's bond has been set at $2 million, according to the judge.

His next court date has been schedule for March 9.

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