Friday, April 13, 2012
Oklahoma prosecutors have filed murder and hate crime charges against two men arrested in an Easter weekend shooting spree that left three people dead and terrorized the city's black community.
Prosecutors said Friday that 19-year-old Jake England and his roommate, 33-year-old Alvin Watts, each are charged with first-degree murder, shooting with intent to kill and malicious harassment — the equivalent of a hate crime under state law.
Police documents say both have confessed in the spree, England to shooting three people and Watts to shooting two.
All the victims were black, and police have said one motive might have been England's desire to avenge his father's fatal shooting by a black man two years ago.
Police say the men appear to have chosen their victims at random.