Judge: Oklahoma teen to be tried as adult in fatal shooting
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A judge has ruled that a 14-year-old accused of killing a man during a burglary earlier this year will be prosecuted as an adult.
Police said Christopher Joseph Guidry admitted to fatally shooting George Phillip Olinger and taking his wallet in February in Olinger's Oklahoma City home. He is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit a felony.
Oklahoma County Special Judge Mark McCormick on Friday denied motions to certify Guidry as a juvenile or youthful offender after considering sworn testimony, a psychological evaluation and certification study.
"Having considered the facts of this case and all applicable statutory law, the Court finds by clear and convincing evidence that there is good cause to believe that Defendant could reasonably complete a plan of rehabilitation but that the public would not be adequately protected if the person were to be sentenced as a youthful offender," the order stated.
People convicted as juveniles are released on their 19th birthday, regardless of whether they complete a juvenile treatment plan.
Along with Guidry, Koby William Leblanc, 18, is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree burglary. Another defendant, 15, faces murder and burglary charges. In June, the judge denied motions to certify Leblanc as a juvenile or youthful offender.
A detective testified that the boy was identified by a school resource officer as a member of the Lawless 27 gang, The Oklahoman reported. School records presented by prosecutors showed several suspensions and disciplinary actions taken for fighting, tardiness, drug use, and disrespect shown to teachers, according to the judge's order.
Oklahoma officer suspended following arrest on gun charge
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A Tulsa police officer has been suspended following his arrest on a gun charge.
Tulsa County court records show 34-year-old Jeffrey Shane Statum was charged Friday with carrying a weapon where alcohol is sold. He was booked Saturday and released on $10,000 bail.
The Tulsa World reports police took Statum into custody Aug. 3 after nightclub managers reported a drunken man with a gun and badge who claimed to be an undercover officer. An affidavit says the man was also reportedly grabbing women without their consent.
The affidavit says Statum denied groping women and claimed he wasn't flashing his badge or claiming to be a part of the department's special investigations division.
Police officials say Statum was placed on leave without pay. They declined further comment pending an internal investigation.
Customer shoots worker through Taco Bell drive-up window
OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — Police in Oklahoma City are searching for a man who they say shot a Taco Bell employee through the drive-through window.
The shooting happened at about 1 a.m. Saturday at a Taco Bell near Northwest 23rd Street and North May Avenue. Police say the customer and the employee got into some kind of "verbal altercation" and when the customer pulled up to the window, he got out of his vehicle and shot the employee in the leg.
The employee was treated and released from the hospital. No arrests have been announced.
Last December, a man fired a gun into another Taco Bell location in Oklahoma City after he didn't get the sauce he wanted .
Police: Fatal shooting of 8-year-old boy apparent accident
CLINTON, Okla. (AP) — Police in western Oklahoma say the fatal shooting of an 8-year-old boy appears to have been an accident.
Clinton Police Chief Paul Rinkel said Sunday officers discovered the child about 3:30 p.m. Saturday after they were called to a residence in Clinton, about 82 miles (132 kilometers) west of Oklahoma City.
Rinkel says officers found the boy in a bedroom of the home with a gunshot wound in the chest. The child was declared dead at the scene. He was not identified.
Rinkel says a handgun was discovered in the room where officers found the boy. Rinkel declined to discuss other details of the investigation but says it appears the shooting "may have been a tragic accident."
The state Medical Examiner's Office will determine the cause and manner of death.