Good Friday suspect bound over on jail assault charge
BY BILL BRAUN World Staff Writer
Thursday, December 27, 2012
A Tulsa man who faces trial on three counts of murder in the Good Friday shootings was bound over Thursday on a separate charge of assaulting and battering a detention officer.
At a one-witness preliminary hearing, a Tulsa County judge ordered Jacob Carl England held for trial on a felony assault and battery count.
England, 20, is charged with elbowing detention officer Nicholas Treantafeles while being escorted back from the recreation yard on Nov. 1 at the Tulsa Jail.
In an arrest and booking report, Treantafeles indicated that England would not get into his cell, pulled away from the officer in a violent manner and swung his elbow, striking Treantafeles on the right side of his ribs and back.
In the Good Friday case, which drew national attention to Tulsa, England and Alvin Lee Watts, 33, are both charged with three counts of first-degree murder and two counts of shooting with 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 wounds.
England and Watts are also charged with five misdemeanor counts of malicious intimidation or harassment because of race, color ancestry or national origin.
In the murder-shooting case, England and Watts are scheduled to be arraigned Jan. 9 in District Judge James Caputo’s court.
At or prior to that court appearance, prosecutors are expected to declare whether they will seek the death penalty in the case.
In the assault case, England’s next court appearance is set for Jan. 7.
Flanked by deputies, Jacob England is escorted to the courtroom for the continuation of his and Alvin Watts preliminary hearing at the Tulsa County courthouse in Tulsa back in August. MICHAEL WYKE/Tulsa World File