The two men who were suspected of a shooting spree in Tulsa, Okla., are facing murder and hate crime charges in a District Court. Jacob England, 19 and Alvin Watts, 33, have been charged with three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of shooting with intent to kill and five counts of malicious intimidation or harassment.
The harassment counts stem from allegations that the victims were targeted because of their race, according to the Associated Press. All five victims were black.
Three of the five died as a result of the shooting that took place last week.
A motion filed on Friday in the District Court of Oklahoma County stated that police responded to several locations in the north Tulsa area on April 6 where further investigation showed that three people were fatally wounded by gunshots.
The deceased have been identified as Bobby Clark, 54; Danner Fields, 49; and William Terrell Allen, 31. The two injured have been identified as Deon Lawayne Tucker, 44, and David Wayne Hall, 46.
The shootings, according to police reports, were random, took place within a short period of time in a five-mile radius in north Tulsa, the motion for detention without bond stated. Each victim was an African American.
The motion also noted that one suspect admitted to killing two of the deceased, while the other admitted to shooting the third.
Both England and Watt have been bond amounts that a more than $9.1 million each. They were arrested in Sunday while at home in Turley, north of Tulsa.
The state argues that these crimes were senseless acts of violence and showed no respect for human life, the motion noted. ... There is no evidence to date that any of the victim did anything to provoke the defendants and, in fact, were innocent bystanders.
There have been media reports that a Facebook page believed to be that of England's does contain some racial slurs. Police have said that post containing the racial slur was done a day before the shooting.
Today is two years that my dad has been gone, shot by a f------ n-----. It's hard not to go off between that and Sheran. I'm gone in the head, the post read.
In a separate incident, two Kentucky men were also charged with hate crime for allegedly beating a gay man in an Appalachian park.
A federal grand jury indicted David Jason Jenkins, 37, of Cumberland, and Anthony Ray Jenkins, 20, of Partridge, earlier this week in connection with last April's attack on Kevin Pennington. Pennington suffered chest, head and other injuries, according to a Fox News report.