Pottawatomie County District Attorney Allan Grubb this morning announced formal charges have now been filed against two suspects accused in what he called a “vicious, racist attack.”
Brandon Wayne Killian, 28, of Nichols Hills, and Devan Nathaniel Johnson, 24, Harrah, face numerous charges.
They are both charged with felony aggravated assault and battery in the June 22 assault of Jarric DeShawn Carolina, 36, by “jumping and beating him to the point of being unconscious with such force and violence and did thereby inflict bodily injury...,” the charge reads. Both also are charged with felony conspiracy in the attack and malicious intimidation or harassment (race), a misdemeanor.
In addition, Killian, who was captured on video hitting himself before officers took photos of his injuries during questioning, also faces a felony of preparing false evidence, with charges alleging he intentionally altered his appearance by punching himself in the face repeatedly as though he was injured. Grubb also has released that video as part of the case.
Killian also faces misdemeanors of speeding and failure to be pay taxes due state for and expired vehicle tag.
Grubb, who announced the charges with Carolina and his family present, as well as their family attorney, Edward C. Maguire, said Killian and Johnson “savagely” beat Carolina in a “vicious, racist attack.”
“The victim is alive today because of the swift actions of the Shawnee Police Department,” Grubb said, as they provided assistance to the injured victim and quickly arrested the suspects, with Detective Beau Bohuslavicky following through with a thorough and effective investigation.
“As a community, we will not tolerate racist behavior such as occurred here,” he sad. “We stand united that this type of behavior be met with the full force of the law.”
In addition, Grubb said the charges include violations of Oklahoma's hate crime statute, which he said is “woefully inadequate,” with his office working diligently in efforts to change it.”
“I asked our legislators to review our laws and strengthen our 'hate crime' statute to make it more meaningful in violent, savage crimes like this one,” Grubb said.
Carolina, who is still recovering from his injuries, stood with his family supporting him as Grubb announced the charges.
The incident occurred in the parking lot outside of BrickHouse Saloon in downtown Shawnee about 2 a.m. Saturday, June 22.
Johnson and Killian were both arrested during a traffic stop shortly after the incident and booked into the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center. Johnson has since been released on bond, while Killian is now in the Oklahoma County jail, held on charges in an unrelated case in that county.
Their next court dates here haven't yet been scheduled.
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