Arraignments for 2 charged in Good Friday shootings postponed
BY BILL BRAUN World Staff Writer
Monday, November 26, 2012
11/26/12 at 12:03 PM
The arraignments of two men who are charged with the Good Friday shootings of five people were postponed Monday until Jan. 9.
Tulsa County prosecutors requested a continuance of arraignments for Jacob Carl England and Alvin Lee Watts in order to give the prosecution “additional time regarding a decision to file a bill of particulars," a court document shows.
A bill of particulars is a document that lists alleged aggravating circumstances that support a death-penalty request.
Typically in Tulsa County, such bills are read in court at arraignments.
England, 20, and Watts, 33, are each charged with five felonies -- three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of shooting with an intent to kill.
They are accused of shooting five black people at four north Tulsa locations early April 6.
The defendants each face murder counts linked to the fatal shootings of Dannaer Fields, 49, Bobby Clark, 54, and William Allen, 31.
The counts of shooting with an intent to kill relate to two victims, David Hall and Deon Tucker, who survived.
England and Watts, who are listed in court records as white, also are charged with five misdemeanor counts of malicious intimidation or harassment -- "hate crime" allegations -- because of race, color, ancestry or national origin.
A document filed last week by First Assistant District Attorney Doug Drummond said defense attorneys have no objection to the arraignment postponement.
From left to right, Jacob Carl England and Alvin Lee Watts. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World File