14-year-old charged in Jenks homicide was on probation, juvenile records show
BY PAUL TYRRELL World City Editor
Friday, January 04, 2013
A 14-year-old who is charged with murder was on court-supervised probation at the time of his arrest in connection with a fatal Jenks shooting, according to juvenile records released Friday.
Joshua Scott Mooney was charged as an adult Thursday in Tulsa County District Court with one count each of first-degree murder and second-degree burglary.
Mooney, an eighth-grader at Jenks Middle School, was arrested Dec. 18 in connection with the fatal shooting of Mary Escue, 47, of Reno, Nev.
State law requires the release of juvenile court and law enforcement records in cases involving juveniles who are charged with murder and other serious crimes.
The Tulsa World obtained Mooney’s records under the authorization of Tulsa County Chief Juvenile Judge Doris Fransein.
In May 2012, Mooney was placed on probation under Office of Juvenile Affairs supervision after being found delinquent on a Creek County charge of cruelty to animals, according to court records. Mooney, who was 13 at the time, and another teen were accused of stabbing a show pig in the livestock show barn at Depew Public Schools in December 2011, charges show.
The case was transferred because of his family’s residence in Tulsa County.
In July, Mooney was ordered to remain on probation after being charged with assault and battery. He and two other juveniles were accused of choking and punching another person in February, according to charges filed in Tulsa County District Court.
Records show that Mooney was left in his home and ordered to complete community service and participate in counseling in addition to following his rules of probation.
Mooney was diagnosed with attention deficit hyperactivity disorder and depressive disorder and was taking a prescription drug, according to an OJA report. He was placed at Shadow Mountain Behavioral Health Hospital in March after an overdose that sent him to the emergency room, the report states.
Escue, who was in Jenks to visit family and attend a graduation, was fatally shot after interrupting a burglary at her parents’ home on Dec. 17, the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office reported.
Authorities allege that Mooney hid when Escue came into the house and then killed her with a rifle he had found in the residence.
Read more of this story in Saturday's Tulsa World.
Joshua Scott Mooney