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Conduct Unbecoming: 17-year-old Takes His Life, Distraught Mother Blames Embattled Tulsa Police Captain

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Posted 07.30.12

The 17 year-old son of Skiatook realtor Keena Roberts died in his Osage County home late Saturday night from what appeared to be a self-inflicted gunshot wound to the head. The death occurred amidst an investigation into the alleged molestation of his sister by Roberts’ ex-boyfriend, a Tulsa Police captain.

Yesterday, in an emotional, unsolicited posting on This Land’s Facebook wall, Roberts blamed the apparent suicide on stress brought on by the investigation of TPD Captain Shawn King, who is accused of molesting Roberts’ daughter, a minor, while he and Roberts were dating.

In the post, Roberts also blamed the death of her father, Jim Roberts, on stress related to the investigation. Jim Roberts died on May 6 after his pickup drifted into oncoming traffic on U.S. 169 and collided with a semi-truck. He was 74 years old.

“I wanted to let Tulsa know that my father Jim Roberts was killed in a car crash a couple of months ago,” the post began. “He started having strokes because he could not take what Captain Shawn King had done to his family.”

“Now, my 17 year-old son Greyson Cash Roberts took his own life by a gun late last night because he could not take what Captain Shawn King did to our family and he also could not live without his Grandpa,” the Facebook post continued.

Roberts concluded by saying she holds King responsible for both deaths, and that “TPD still employs him and is covering for him.”

Tulsa Police Department policy dictates that Internal Affairs cannot conduct an administrative investigation of an employee while an outside criminal investigation is ongoing. According to TPD spokesperson Jason Willingham, the purpose of this policy is to ensure the integrity of both investigations.

King has been on restricted administrative duty since the criminal investigation began in early May.

“This is a tragic situation and the family is in mourning,” Scott Graham, Roberts’ attorney, told This Land. He offered no further comment.

Calls to the Osage County Sheriff’s Office and King’s attorneys were not immediately returned.

This Land will continue to provide updates as they become available.