Man acquitted in death of Tulsa woman
BY BILL BRAUN World Staff Writer
Saturday, March 09, 2013
3/09/13 at 6:08 AM
Tulsa County jurors acquitted a man Friday of murder and other charges stemming from the killing of a Tulsa woman almost two years ago.
The jury found Demarco Eugene Page not guilty of first-degree murder in connection with the fatal shooting of Bryshell Downing, 20.
Downing was shot in the head on March 27, 2011, while in a vehicle near 17th Street and Garnett Road, police said.
Prosecutors have maintained that C.C. Johnson fired 12 shots with a .40 caliber weapon while he was a passenger in another vehicle, driven by Page.
Page, 21, of Muskogee, said he was driving but maintained that he didn't know that Johnson was going to start shooting.
Page "did not fire a gun," said Gregg Graves, Page's attorney.
Page was found not guilty of three counts of shooting with intent to kill, linked to shots fired at the vehicle that police said was occupied by the slain woman, two other women and a small child.
On each count, District Judge William Kellough gave jurors the option of returning a verdict on the lesser charge of being an accessory after the fact, and Page was cleared in that regard also.
Records show that Page had been in the Tulsa Jail since March 27, 2011. He was released Friday.
In June, another jury found Johnson, 23, guilty of first-degree murder and three counts of shooting with intent to kill. Johnson was sentenced to life in prison without parole for murder and got a consecutive 50-year prison term on the other counts.
Original Print Headline: Tulsa man acquitted of murder
Demarco Eugene Page: He was driving a car when a passenger opened fire