OSBI Under Fire

Oklahoma City, OK – OSBI defends its handling of homicide cases

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) After the death of a 7-year-old girl who had been the subject of a two-month search, the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation is defending its handling of high-profile homicide cases.

OSBI spokeswoman Jessica Brown said Tuesday the agency is involved only in the most difficult probes but that it cleared 83.7 percent of its homicide cases last year.

The agency has faced criticism in recent days after the bodies of Aja Johnson and her stepfather and alleged abductor, 46-year-old Lester Hobbs, were found last week in rural Norman.

Two other prominent homicide investigations in recent years in Weleetka and Anadarko remain unsolved. Brown says agents still are pursuing leads in those cases but that not every case will be solved.