Crime

Man Faces First-Degree Murder Charges After Reportedly Decapitating His Grandparents

| by Reve Fisher
Quinton DeShawn Laster, Oklahoma County JailQuinton DeShawn Laster, Oklahoma County Jail

A man has been charged with first-degree murder after he allegedly shot and decapitated his grandparents at their residence, a home daycare center.

On Feb. 9, police were contacted by neighbors to perform a welfare check for a local couple. When police arrived, 20-year-old Quinton Dashawn Laster was waiting outside the home. Inside the residence, 59-year-old Sharon Reed and 78-year-old James Reed were found brutally murdered.

“It’s just a shock,” Brenda Jackson, Sharon’s sister, said to KFOR News. “Said their heads [were] almost cut off. And, they were stabbed. And, then, they were shot.”

Authorities determined that Laster was the grandson of Sharon, and was the person who asked a neighbor to call 911. Police detained him while they walked through the home, then charged him with two counts of first-degree murder.

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According to Jackson, Laster does not have any history of mental illness, but he does have a turbulent history with drug abuse. 

“I really think he must’ve been high on something,” Jackson said.

The Reeds decided to let Laster stay in their home after disputes over his drug use occurred with several relatives.

“The drugs is what he had it out with his mother on," Jackson said. "He broke all the TVs in her house and ... really acted up."

While clearing the residence, police found three children in a covered garage that served as an in-home daycare facility. According to the police report, they were unharmed and reunited with their families. Authorities suspect that the children, the youngest of whom was three years old, were unaware of the incident.

"Luckily, they weren't injured in any way, shape or form," said Sgt. Ashley Peters with the Oklahoma City Police Department.

Neighbors were crushed to hear the news, and said they never noticed any problems at the residence.

“It was a crushing blow because J.R. and Sharon, they’re friends of ours,” said Hal, the next door neighbor. “We talked frequently about fishing or about turkeys for Thanksgiving and stuff. They’re just a really down to earth, absolute perfect couple.”

"He didn't deserve it, and she didn't deserve it," Jackson said, as reported by CNN.

Sources: KFOR News, CNN, City of Oklahoma City / Photo Credit: KFOR News

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