Man gets life without parole for Tulsa triple murder
BY BILL BRAUN World Staff Writer
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
8/28/12 at 9:07 PM
A Tulsan who had faced a potential death penalty was sentenced Tuesday to life in prison without the possibility of parole for a triple murder at a Tulsa hotel in 2010.
Dale Curtis Carr, 21, pleaded no contest to three counts of first-degree murder and one count of robbery with a firearm.
In accordance with Carr’s plea agreement with the District Attorney’s Office, Tulsa County District Judge Kurt Glassco found him guilty and imposed three concurrent no-parole life terms for the murders, to run concurrently with a regular life term for robbery.
Carr was charged in the fatal shootings of a man and two women on Oct. 7, 2010, at the Days Inn at 35 N. Sheridan Road.
The bodies of Joey Mike, 23, Jermiko Thomas, 19, and Toni Ruff, 20, were found in a hotel room, records show.
All three had been shot in the head. Thomas and Ruff were each shot twice, autopsy reports state.
Carr also was charged with robbery with a firearm on allegations that he took money, marijuana and a cell phone from Mike.
He has been in the Tulsa Jail since November 2010.
In 2011, a court document signed by District Attorney Tim Harris asserted that Carr deserved to be punished by death based on four “aggravating circumstances,” as defined by statute.
Prosecutors agreed to drop the death penalty request in resolving the case. A trial had been scheduled for Sept. 17.
In 2008, Carr, then 17, got a 12-year prison sentence as a youthful offender on a charge of shooting with intent to kill. He and a co-defendant pleaded guilty in that case, which involved shots being fired into a Tulsa residence while people were inside, records show.
In October 2008, the state Office of Juvenile Affairs placed Carr in the L.E. Rader Center in Sand Springs for rehabilitation. In February 2010, he was paroled from Rader and placed in the home of an aunt, an OJA report says.
A prosecutor requested that Carr be “bridged” into the Department of Corrections in that 2008 case, and a judge sentenced him in February 2011 to 12 years in an adult prison, records show.
Dale Curtis Carr