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Two Teens Charged in Rape, Slaying of Schoolmate

September 24, 1996

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) _ Two 16-year-old boys charged in the abduction, rape and shotgun slaying of a 15-year-old schoolmate will face the death penalty if convicted, a prosecutor said.

Thomas Loveless Jr. and Michael Foldenauer, both of Newalla, were charged Monday with kidnapping, rape and first-degree murder in the killing of Tiffany Rebecca Tull. The teens were denied bail and did not enter pleas.

Police investigator R. Mark Easley, in an affidavit, said Loveless told him that ``he lured Tiffany Tull from her home, that he held her at gunpoint and told her he would kill her.″

After raping her, Loveless shot Tull in the chest with a 12-gauge shotgun, Easley said.

While Foldenauer did not admit shooting Miss Tull, he did admit to helping abduct her and raping her, according to the affidavits.

Investigators said Tull was killed on Thursday.

The boys were arrested Friday. The victim’s bullet-riddled body was found at an abandoned farmhouse that evening after Loveless and Foldenauer were interrogated.

``She would have been facing the shotgun and her shooters,″ said Cleveland County District Attorney Tim Kuykendall. He said he would seek the death penalty against the defendants.

Authorities believe Miss Tull’s death came during a crime spree that lasted most of the day. Both youths confessed to kidnapping two 14-year-old girls before Tull’s abduction, according to Easley’s affidavit. The two girls escaped when the youths stopped for gas.

The suspects were arrested after police found a stolen car believed used in the spree.

A teacher at Little Axe High School, where the victim and the suspects were students, told the Norman Transcript that the two suspects had been allowed to remain in school after having serious disciplinary problems.

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