Oklahoma Suspects Not Guilty
April 16, 2012 by staff
Oklahoma Suspects Not Guilty, Not guilty pleas were
entered on Monday on behalf of two suspects charged with murder
and hate crimes in a shooting spree this month that killed three
black people and wounded two others in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 33, who are white, said
nothing during their brief video appearance in which Judge
William Hiddle set a May 30 preliminary hearing. Prosecutors at
that time will be expected to show probable cause why England
and Watts should be held for trial.
Hiddle entered the not guilty plea on behalf of the two men,
a court official said.
They are charged with three counts of murder, two counts of
shooting with intent to kill and five counts of malicious
harassment, which allege the suspects selected their victims
because of their race.
England said in an interview from jail on Saturday that he
felt no hatred or ill will toward African Americans, according
to a video of the interview posted online by Tulsa’s
Shortly before the April 6 killings, England had lamented on
his Facebook page that two years had passed since his father was
killed by a black man, to whom he referred with a racial slur.
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