Hearing scheduled for Sept. 17 for pair charged in Best Buy killings
BY BILL BRAUN World Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 07, 2012
8/07/12 at 1:38 PM
A Sept. 17 preliminary hearing is now set for two men who are charged with murdering two people at a Best Buy store in Tulsa.
Willie Antoine Wise and Jeremy Lee Foster were each charged Monday with two counts of first-degree murder, stemming from the July 14 fatal shootings of Scott D. Norman, 34, and Graydon Wesley “Wes” Brown, 58.
Wise, 20, and Foster, 22, are being held without bond. They made brief court appearances Tuesday via a video hookup linking the Tulsa Jail and the Tulsa County Courthouse.
In a procedure that is routine at this stage of the case, Special Judge Bill Hiddle entered not guilty pleas on behalf of both defendants.
Hiddle appointed the Tulsa County Public Defender’s Office to represent Wise.
A private attorney, Mike Manning, entered the case on behalf of Foster, court officials said.
Investigators believe that Norman was the target of the shooting at the Best Buy store at 5520 E. Skelly Drive.
Police maintain that a surveillance video shows that Wise was the shooter, according to a court document.
The murder count tied to Norman’s death alleges that Wise and Foster had a deliberate intent to kill.
The murder count linked to Brown’s death involves a “felony murder’’accusation that Wise and Foster, while acting in concert with each other, caused Brown’s death by shooting him while they were in commission of the murder of Norman.
Shania Craven, 20, was arrested July 18 and remained in jail Tuesday on two complaints of being an accessory to murder in the case.
Craven had not been charged as of Tuesday morning. District Attorney Tim Harris has indicated that he wants to reach a charging decision regarding Craven prior to her arraignment, scheduled for Wednesday.
Willie Antoine Wise and Jeremy Lee Foster