Accused courthouse plaza shooter enters insanity plea
BY BILL BRAUN World Staff Writer
Wednesday, January 30, 2013
1/30/13 at 10:06 AM
Defense attorney Allen Smallwood entered a not guilty by reason of insanity plea Wednesday for the alleged courthouse plaza shooter.
Andrew Joseph "Joe" Dennehy, 24, faces on two counts of shooting with an intent to kill for an incident last year outside the Tulsa County Courthouse.
Each of those counts allows the possibility of a life sentence.
Judge James Caputo scheduled an Oct. 7 jury trial.
Deputy David Fortenberry was shot in the hands March 7 after he and two other deputies, Dennis Miller and Stephen Culley, responded to a report that shots were being fired on the plaza outside the courthouse, at 500 S. Denver Ave.
At a preliminary hearing in October, Miller testified that he saw Dennehy holding a revolver and that "we were yelling at the top of our lungs to put the gun down."
Dennehy did not comply with the orders but turned and fired a shot, and Fortenberry yelled that he was hit, according to testimony then.
In addition to the two shooting counts, Dennehy is charged with another felony, possessing a firearm after being adjudicated delinquent in juvenile court, plus a misdemeanor count of reckless conduct with a firearm.
In a separate case, Dennehy is charged with two felony counts involving allegations that he assaulted and battered another sheriff's deputy at a hospital during an unsuccessful escape attempt on March 16.
Dennehy remains in the Tulsa Jail.
Accused courthouse plaza shooter Andrew Joseph Dennehy, shown last year, entered a not guilty by reason of insanity plea Wednesday. MIKE SIMONS/Tulsa World file