Prosecutors file first murder case of 2020

Robert Smith

Osage County prosecutors last week filed a first-degree murder charge in the county’s first murder case of 2020, which originated in Tulsa.

Prosecutors charged a suspect identified as Charles Sanders Boaz, 27, of Tulsa, with first-degree murder in the shooting death of a man identified as Kim Hayes. The shooting took place the night of Sunday, Jan. 5, outside a residence in the 1700 block of West Virgin Street, and Hayes was pronounced dead at St. John Hospital.

A Tulsa police affidavit explains the deceased reportedly told his girlfriend shortly before the shooting that he was expecting a visit from someone named “Charles,” who would deliver Oxycontin pills. Hayes was reportedly exchanging text messages with someone before he went outside to meet “Charles.” The shooting victim’s girlfriend reportedly told police that she heard gunshots and ran out to the garage, where she found Hayes shooting back toward the street.

Hayes’ girlfriend reportedly discovered he was bleeding, and he told her to call an ambulance. He also reportedly named Charles Boaz as the person responsible.

A witness reportedly told police he heard yelling and then observed the victim on the ground, and saw two black males standing over him. The witness reportedly saw that one of the black males shot the victim multiple times.

Police reportedly found a pill bottle with the name Charles Boaz on it at the shooting scene. Officers also found bullet fragments and a blood trail from the street back into the victim’s driveway, garage and residence.

Police examined the victim’s cell phone and found that he had been exchanging text messages with someone at a phone number known to be associated with Charles Boaz.

In a hearing Thursday, Jan. 9, in Osage County District Court, the court entered a not guilty plea for Boaz and set his bail at $1 million.