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Tuesday, November 17, 2015

Young Men Wanted For Oklahoma Murder

What are the consequences associated with a first-degree murder charge?

It comes as no surprise that those involved in the procurement of illegal substances are at a higher risk of being involved with other crimes. Often, dealings involving drugs can take a wrong turn and result in violence. That is exactly what happened in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the fall of 2015.

On the night of the 29th of October, Edwin Monroe Harris, 19, and Norman Gaines III, 18, ventured onto the 2100 block with the intention of buying drugs. They met with 46-year-old Ronald Alvis Dinkins in an effort to purchase Lortab, a liquid painkiller. The deal did not go as smoothly as planned and Harris and Gaines used a firearm to steal the Lortab from Dinkins. Dinkins was shot during the altercation. Harris and Gaines then jumped into a red Chevrolet pick-up and attempted to flee. When another man tried to stop them, they hit him and dragged him under the vehicle for a number of feet.

Now, Harris and Gaines are wanted for murder. Both of the men were charged with first-degree murder as well as robbery with a firearm. Harris, who is currently subject to a sentencing deferral for an assault with dangerous weapon, was also charged with possession of a firearm while under the supervision of the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.
Murder is the most serious crime you can commit and therefore, the punishments are severe. A person convicted of murder in the State of Oklahoma can be sentenced to life in prison, with or without the possibility of parole, or to the death penalty. If Harris and/or Gaines are convicted of first-degree murder, they could spend the rest of their lives in jail or face lethal injection.

If you are facing murder charges, or charges for any other violent crime, you need an aggressive criminal defense attorney by your side.





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