Update: Alleged Tulsa killers appear in court, held on more than $9 million bond each
The 2 men arrested in connection with Friday's killing spree in Tulsa, Oklahoma, where 3 people were shot to death and 2 more critically injured, are being held on more than $9 million bond.
According to recent report on CNN, the two men made their first court appearance on Monday. The Judge ordered that 19 year old Jake England and 32 -old-Alvin Watts be held on $9,160,000 bond each.
The two alleged shooters, reportedly good friends who lived together, were charged with three counts of murder and two counts of shooting with the intent to kill. The five people shot were Black and the shooters are allegedly White, which makes many think it was a hate crime. However police are refraining from calling the killings a hate crime because the investigation is ongoing.
It may not matter if the killings were labelled a hate crime for it is already being treated as a Capital murder case. Hate crimes are classified as such to reportedly increase the severity of the punishment.
England's Facebook page also had racist rants, reading, "Today is two years that my dad has been gone shot by a fuc*ing nigg** it's hard not to go off between that and sheran I'm gone in the head." Sheran Hart Wilde was reported his girlfriend who died recently.
His father was reportedly killed exactly 2 years ago and a Black man is doing time for the crime.
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2 men were arrested around 2:00 a.m.Sunday in connection with a shooting spree in Tulsa, Oklahoma which left 3 dead and 2 critically injured.
According to ABC News, the alleged killers were 19-year-old Jake England and 32-year-old Alvin Watts, both expected to be charged with 3 counts of murder and 2 counts of shooting with the intent to kill.
All 5 victims were Black and the alleged killers identified as White, which left many wondering if this was a hate crime though police are refraining from calling it that at this time.
Tulsa police chief Chuck Jordan said during a press conference that he was, "more worried about 3 of his citizens being murdered" and that "if it takes us in the direction of a hate crime, that's certainly where we will go.." Local police have asked the FBI for help.
According to NBC News, one of the surviving victims described their attacker as a White male. He reportedly said he spoke to the killer when he stopped and asked him for directions in a white pick-up truck and this description was instrumental in the alleged killers' apprehension.
The shooting, which happened on Friday, appeared to be random for those targeted reportedly did not know each other and were simply walking outside on Tulsa's North side.
All the victims were reportedly shot within 3 miles of each other. The shooting started around 1:00 A.M. Friday and within hours 5 people were down some dead, others hurt. The first victims is 49 year old Dannaer Fields, who was found shot in the yard of her residence an later died at the hospital. Around 1:03 A..M., 2 more male victims were found critically wounded only 2 blocks away.
Aproximatedly 1:50 a.m. 57 year old Bobby Clark was found fatally shot a few blocks away. The third dead body of 31 year old William Allen was found around 8:30 a.m shot in the chest outside a funeral home.
The alleged shooters reportedly posted status updates on facebook alluding to the shooting prior to the crimes. England's girlfriend recently died and his father was shot and killed exactly 2 years ago on April 5, 2010. A Black man is doing time for that crime.
Did his grieve over his father and girlfriend's death bubble over into a hate crime against people who looked like his father's killer?
His Facebook page, read, "Today is two years that my dad has been gone shot by a fuc*ing nigg** it's hard not to go off between that and sheran I'm gone in the head." Sheran Hart Wilde was reported his girlfriend who died recently.