Man confessed to killing 80-year old during home invasion, police say

TULSA -- The man accused of killing an 80-year old confessed to the crime, according to Tulsa Police.

Rick Davison, 20, was arrested Tuesday night for killing James Rosenlieb. The Tulsa Police Fugitive Warrants Unit arrested him at the Meadows Apartments in East Tulsa.

On June 11, Rosenlieb interrupted a burglary at his residence in the 7000 block of E. 52nd St. He was shot and killed.

Davison's brother approached police saying he confessed to killing Rosenlieb, according to the booking report. Detectives approached his mother, father, and cousin who says he also confessed to them.

"That he did a bad thing," Tulsa Police Homicide Detective Sgt. Dave Walker said Davison confessed to the family. "That he killed the 80-year old man."

Police said Rosenlieb was shot in his living room after struggling with a suspect who had broken into his home through a bedroom window. The victim's wife was inside the house at the time, but she was not injured.

The 20-year old was part of a tree trimming crew working at Rosenlieb's home in May.

"We have to know in this day and age that those types of people are in all kinds of places and so you have to be very aware of who is in your house," Sgt. Walker said.

His brother brought his Nike shoes to police, according to the booking report, that matched prints found on broken glass at the sight of the forced entry.

Sgt. Walker said the suspected killer was not forthcoming with information to police.

"'What do I have to say to go home?'" Sgt. Walker said Davison asked detectives. "He could not understand he was not going home. He was going to get a new home and that's where we put him."

In addition to the first-degree murder and burglary charge, Davison was arrested on a charge of assault with a dangerous weapon. Court documents state Davison got mad at his brother in March because someone was "eating his candy." Davison is then said to have attacked his brother and stabbed him in the stomach.

"Pretty much everyone who dealt with him last night did not like him and that's unusual for us," Sgt. Walker said. "We can develop a rapport with anybody even if they killed somebody."

Sgt. Walker said they are continuing to investigate if anyone acted with Davison.

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