Suspect arrested in death of Ted's owner

Posted at 3:00 PM, Jan 06, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-06 19:25:36-05

TULSA – A suspect has been arrested in connection to the death of a west Tulsa restaurant owner.  

Tulsa police say Alcon Sanders is accused of being connected to the death of James Coulson who owned Ted's Hamburgers. 

Police say Sanders has been in custody since October 2015 for other charges and recently they gathered enough information to question him about the death of Coulson. After interviewing Sanders, police say, they arrested him but do not believe he acted alone.

Authorities believe the motive for the murder was robbery. Sanders is expected to face first degree murder and robbery related charges. 

Coulson, 65, was found shot to death inside the restaurant in August of 2015. Detectives in the investigation told 2 Works for You in August that they believed Coulson was involved in a confrontation inside the restaurant. They say he was injured and collapsed inside the business.  

Ted’s, located across the street from Central High School, has been a Tulsa staple since 1963.

Anyone with information on this murder please call Crime Stoppers at 918 596 2677, The Homicide Tip Line at 918 798 8477 or email

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