Oklahoma woman accused of removing dead rival’s body parts

May 15, 2015, 4:42 PM

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma woman accused of slashing the corpse of her boyfriend’s ex-girlfriend at a funeral home last month is now accused of removing body parts of the deceased woman.

Prosecutors added a fourth felony charge against 26-year-old Shaynna Sims on Thursday, accusing her of removing both breasts and a toe of the deceased woman during a viewing at a funeral home in Tulsa. If convicted, she could face up to five years in prison.

Sims was arrested at the dead woman’s apartment after she attended the viewing on April 30. Police said Sims also stole the dead woman’s shoes and was carrying a knife with the woman’s hair attached to it.

Witnesses told officers they saw Sims reach into the casket during the viewing. The dead woman’s face was found slashed from her hairline to the tip of her nose, her makeup was smeared and her hair was on the floor, police said. The additional mutilation of the woman’s body was discovered as it was being prepared for cremation.

“We don’t have anything that she has openly said to anyone as to why she did it,” Tulsa Police Sgt. Shane Tuell said Friday. “At this point, we don’t know what her motivation was.”

Sims has been free on bond, and neither she nor her attorney returned phone messages seeking comment Friday on the allegations. A phone number listed for the deceased woman’s family rang unanswered.

Prosecutors said they planned to ask a judge Monday that her bond be increased in light of the new charge, unlawful removal of body part from deceased. A spokeswoman at the district attorney’s office said prosecutors have not asked for a specific bond amount yet.

The other three felonies Sims is facing are larceny from a person, knowingly concealing or receiving stolen property, and first-degree burglary. She also is charged with two misdemeanors of unauthorized dissection and disturbing or interrupting a funeral. A preliminary hearing is scheduled for May 27.

Copyright © The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.

United States News

Associated Press

Salmon drops out of GOP primary race for Arizona governor

PHOENIX (AP) — Former U.S. Rep. Matt Salmon dropped out of the race for the Republican nomination for Arizona governor Tuesday, a move that comes a week before early ballots are mailed out and leaves just two top contenders in the GOP contest. Salmon was widely seen as trailing former TV news anchor Kari Lake […]
15 hours ago
Associated Press

Report: Lack of water access costs U.S. $8.6B each year

CHARLESTON, W.Va. (AP) — At least 2 million Americans don’t have running water or a working toilet at home, a crisis that costs the U.S. economy $8.58 billion each year, according to a report released Tuesday by nonprofit DigDeep. These water access issues disproportionately impact Indigenous tribes, people of color, immigrants, low-income people and those […]
15 hours ago
FILE - Bruce Isackson departs federal court, April 3, 2019, in Boston after facing charges in a nat...
Associated Press

Ex-USC coach, couple avoid prison time in college scandal

BOSTON (AP) — A former assistant soccer coach at the University of Southern California who created fake athletic profiles for the children of wealthy parents in the sprawling college admissions bribery scheme avoided prison time Tuesday after helping convict others in the case. Laura Janke, who helped the mastermind of the scheme get students into […]
15 hours ago
Associated Press

Missouri lawmaker convicted in medical clinics fraud scheme

SPRINGFIELD, Mo. (AP) — Missouri Rep. Tricia Derges was convicted Tuesday of conducting fraud at medical clinics in southwest Missouri in part by falsely claiming that she was giving patients stem cell treatments. After a two-week federal trial, Derges was convicted of 22 counts including including wire fraud, illegal distribution of controlled substances and making […]
15 hours ago
FILE - Former President Donald Trump speaks at the Road to Majority conference Friday, June 17, 202...
Associated Press

Filmmaker to testify in Georgia Trump election investigation

ATLANTA (AP) — A British filmmaker who shot interviews with Donald Trump and his inner circle in the final months of the former president’s administration has been subpoenaed to testify in a Georgia investigation into whether Trump and others illegally tried to influence the 2020 election in the state. Footage shot by Alex Holder includes […]
15 hours ago
FILE - In this photo provided by the Georgia Department of Natural Resources, an endangered North A...
Associated Press

Whale entanglements drop, but remain major threat, feds say

PORTLAND, Maine (AP) — The number of whales entangled in fishing gear has declined recently, but the entanglements remain a critical threat to rare species, the federal government said in a report released Tuesday. There were 53 confirmed cases of large whales entangled in gear in the U.S. in 2020, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric […]
15 hours ago

Sponsored Articles

...
Day & Night Air

Tips to lower your energy bill in the Arizona heat

Does your summer electric bill make you groan? Are you looking for effective ways to reduce your bill?
...
Christina O’Haver

BE FAST to spot a stroke

Every 40 seconds—that’s how often someone has a stroke in the United States. It’s the fifth leading cause of death among Americans, with someone dying of a stroke every 3.5 minutes.
...
Carla Berg, MHS, Deputy Director, Public Health Services, Arizona Department of Health Services

ADHS mobile program brings COVID-19 vaccines and boosters to Arizonans

The Arizona Department of Health Services and partner agencies are providing even more widespread availability by making COVID-19 vaccines available in neighborhoods through trusted community partners.
Oklahoma woman accused of removing dead rival’s body parts