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Two men charged with murder, hate crimes in Tulsa shooting spree

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This photo combo of images provided by the Tulsa Police Department via the Tulsa World shows Jacob England, left, and Alvin Watts.

Updated at 3:27 p.m. ET -- Oklahoma prosecutors filed murder and hate-crime charges on Friday against two men arrested in the Good Friday shootings that left  three people dead and two wounded in a predominantly black neighborhood in Tulsa.

Jake Carl England, 19, and Alvin Lee Watts, 31, each were charged with three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of shooting with intent to kill and five counts of malicious harassment, according to the Tulsa County District Attorney’s Office. The harassment counts allege the victims, all of whom were black, were targeted because of their race.

Police say the men, who were arrested Sunday after a two-day manhunt, appeared to have chosen their victims at random.


 Under state law, first-degree murder is punishable by death or life in prison.

"Filing charges is the first step to obtain justice for the victims and their families," Doug Drummond, Tulsa County’s first assistant district attorney, said in a statement. “This is a tragic and senseless crime. Our office is committed to holding those responsible accountable for their actions."

He said prosecutors will not comment on the specific evidence in the case.

Police: 2 suspects confess in Tulsa shooting rampage

Police have said the accused men are white and did not know the victims. One witness said a gunman simply pulled his truck to the side of the street and asked for directions before opening fire.

According to police documents, England spoke with detectives after his arrest and confessed to driving the car while Watts shot two of the victims. England also said he shot three people, and told detectives where the gun used was located, according to documents.

Those killed in the shooting spree were identified as Dannaer Fields, 49, Bobby Clark, 54, and William Terrell Allen, 31. All died from a single gunshot wound to the chest. Deon Tucker, 44, and David Hall, 46, were also shot, but survived.

Shortly before the April 6 shootings, England had commented on his Facebook page that two years had passed since his father, Carl, was killed by a black man, to whom he referred with a racial slur, according to the Tulsa World.

Reuters contributed to this story.

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