Bond set for north Tulsa murder suspects


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Updated: 4/09/2012 3:40 pm Published: 4/08/2012 4:15 am


Bond has been set for two men accused of shooting five people, killing three of those people, in North Tulsa. 

A judge set bond for both suspects Monday morning. It is set at $3 million for each of three murder counts, $75,000 for both shooting with intent to kill counts, and $10,000 for possession of a firearm during a felony.

Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32, have been arrested and will be charged with murder and shooting with intent to kill.

TPD sent out the following information in a press release just before 4am Sunday:

"Within 24 hours of its formation, the task force "Operation Random Shooter" has completed its mission. At 1:47am, officers apprehended suspects of the North Tulsa shootings that occurred on Good Friday.

TPD and Mayor Dewey Bartlett held a press conference to address the arrests Sunday afternoon.  Chief Chuck Jordan and Mayor Bartlett commended the city of Tulsa and its citizens for coming together and calling in tips that led to the quick arrests of the suspects.

An FBI spokesman says it remains too early in the investigation to difinitively call the shootings a hate crime and Chief Jordan reiterated that in the Sunday afternoon press conference.

Jail records say both suspects are white. A check of England's criminal history shows his race was revised from white to "American Indian" after a driving under suspension arrest in May 2011. Alvin Watts turned 33 Monday.

Two men, Bobby Clark and William Allen, and a woman, Dannaer Fields, were found dead of gunshot wounds within a five mile radius in North Tulsa between 1am and 8am Friday morning. Two other men suffered gunshot wounds and are recovering. All of the victims were black. Witness reports indicated officers should be looking for a white man driving a white older model Chevy pickup with loud exhaust.

FOX23 has obtained an arrest and booking report on Jake England stating that officers received several Crime Stoppers tips after announcing the “Operation Random Shooter” task force. Those tips said England had a truck which matched that description and that he was “making plans to burn the vehicle.” At 5pm Saturday, Osage County deputies located the burned truck along Osage Drive. The tag traced back to Jacob and Carl England at 2800 E. 61st St. North in Turley.

England was later located in the 6200 block of North Yorktown and arrested. A portion of the arrest and booking report has been redacted, making it unclear the connection between England and Alvin Watts. Watts was taken into custody at the same location. 

TPD said Sunday the two know each other, and were friends. The same home address is listed for both Watts and England in Tulsa County Jail records, where both men are being held without bond on three complaints of first degree murder and two counts of shooting with intent to kill. Major Walter Evans of Tulsa Police said Sunday afternoon one weapon had been recovered but he would not specify what type of firearm had been recovered or where it was found. England and Watts also face a charge of possession of a firearm in commission of a felony. TPD sources confirmed Sunday evening that both England and Watts were the shooters; one of them accused of shooting two victims, the other accused of shooting one victim. The source did not say which suspect is accused of shooting which victim.

A check of Facebook indicates England is from Sperry but lists his current city as Tulsa, and Watts from Muskogee but lists his current city as Sperry. The two are "friends" on the social networking site, with Watts making numerous comments on England’s page that seemed to show he was trying to help a friend. Arrest and booking reports show both were arrested at the same location on North Yorktown.

Friday around 10pm, England posted on Facebook: "Chilling at that house people talking s*** on me for some s*** I didn't do lil man and cady I__'s here. I do believer it just mite be the time to call it quits I I hate to say it like that but I'm done if something does happen tonite be ready for another funeral later"

Late Friday England posted to Facebook: "Woke up late bout to head my a** to work get everything off my mind."

Last Thursday around 3pm, England posted, "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.

RIP.

Dad and sheran 

I Love and miss u 

I think about both of u every second of the day"

Alvin Watts had commented, "I kno i miss them 2. My last meomeries were great ones of them. Its nt goodbye its c u later." England's Facebook page had been removed Sunday afternoon. TPD had said they would be examining social networking and Facebook messages between the two men. 

Even though police won't say for sure if the shootings were a hate crime yet, District One city councilor Jack Henderson cannot deny it.

"I don't have to see any more Facebook comments to come to the conclusion that I came to early; hatred, it's sickening," said Henderson.

Synita Bowers was also sickened when she heard her neighbor, Jake England, had been arrested. She's lived across the street from England's family's home for more than 30 years. "I was really shocked," said Bowers. "All I can say is he must have lost it. He was a good neighbor. He come over and help me when his dogs turned over my trash. He's had nothing but trouble. He didn't handle it well."

A check of FOX23 archives shows England's father, Carl England, was shot and killed April 5, 2010 during a fight at Comanche Park apartments. A person of interest was Pernell Jefferson, an African American man, later arrested in connection with England's death. FOX23’s archive script said Jefferson had suffered from injuries he received in the fight. 

Jefferson is serving time in prison for feloniously pointing a firearm with a potential release date in 2014.

The shootings and arrests have made national headlines, with CNN reporting that a reporter spoke to relatives of England, who said he had been left to care for his six-month-old son, Jacob Carl England II, after his fiancee, Sheran, killed herself in front of him a few months ago. An obituay notice from Johnson Funeral Home in Sperry lists Sheran Wilde's date of death as January 10, 2012. She was 24. 

A relative identifying himself as Engand’s uncle said, “His [Jake’s] mind couldn’t take it any more I guess. I guess it just snapped his mind.”

Mayor Dewey Bartlett said the quick action of Tulsa's officers and the city's citizens' cooperation and information sharing shows our city is one of "great character" that will deal with this investigation, asking Tulsans to keep the families of the victims in their thoughts.

Religious leaders in the North Tulsa community came together on this Easter Sunday to urge unity.
"Now that we have people in custody it provides some degree of closure to the families and gives them a modicum of solace," said FBI agent James Finch.

England and Watts are next scheduled to appear in court on April 16th.




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watchdog11 - 4/12/2012 11:53 PM
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Ok, I am going play devils advocate for a minute, they also posted the comments of minors in the Trayvon Martin case, all those comments he made on line had other kids receiving and sending too. I don't think they even give it a thought if they are putting someone else in danger just like Spike Lee and Rosanne Barr didn't care that they could get innocent people killed when they posted what they thought was Zimmermans address and told everyone to go over there and basically "take care of business". No one cares about anyone else now days, it isn't a matter of justice, race, or anything else, it is just a lack of humanity, and lack of emotional bonds with other human beings, people are for the most part totally disconnected with other people, they have ceased to have that one thing that sets us apart from lower forms of life.

Wmnofgod - 4/11/2012 5:21 PM
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Regardless of the color this young man took lives. Let us not fight each other about whether he hated blacks or not.mits apparent. He killed blacks because someone black killed his dad. Okay he's not white but he's not black either. He looked for black people to kill. Not those related to his fathers killer but any black person. If that is not a hate crime I dnt know what is. And what does the bible belt have to do with it. Murder, drugs crime etc is everywhere especially in the bible belt

offended - 4/10/2012 6:28 AM
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I think it is awful that the news media has chosen to post Jake England's Facebook pages and show the names of people that commented on his post. They have opened up these people to retaliation when they did nothing. Now these people have to be in fear of their lives for being a friend of Jake England's all because of the media... Some of the names reviled are names of minors I would not think that is legal. You have put young people in a dangerous situation. They are afraid to even leave their homes. You do this to sell news? I am appalled by all of this. If one of these people are killed in retaliation are you ready to be held responsible?

nwoklaboi - 4/9/2012 10:22 PM
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I realize we're in the heart of the bible belt, but I guess I need something explained to me a bit further... A white guy and his buddy go out and kill 4 black people and it's gotten national coverage as the worst HATE CRIME in years because the perps went on Facebook and posted something about their victims prior?! REALLY?? Yet, just a few weeks ago, a young black gentleman rapes, beats and leaves an elderly white couple for dead and because he didn't go on Facebook and post anything about the old white people first it's not a HATE CRIME?? Everyday in Tulsa and surrounding gay men and women both are attacked, beaten, raped and left for dead and now Tulsa's city officials are pretty much telling all of us that unless our attackers go on Facebook and post something about it first, it's not really a hate crime... Obviously too many people in this city are getting paid way too much to think on their own!! Things only get national coverage out of this city when it's a white/etc-on-black crime... WHY NO NATIONAL COVERAGE OR DECLARATION OF A HATE CRIME WHEN IT'S BLACK-ON WHITE/ETC CRIMES??

Steve In Tulsa - 4/9/2012 12:02 PM
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The national broadcast news media is here salavating over the hope that this was perpetrated by a white man. They have so desperately tried to cast Zimmerman as a 'white' hispanic but it isn't working. So they were very excited that here in Tulsa they may have found their 'racist white man' who murders blacks. But he is Cherokee. Yet the NAACP calls him 'white'. The national media is desperate to get Obama's race war started and they need to find a white guy who kills a black guy. So they are scouring the whole country trying to find one. They aren't interested in the white boy who was set on fire a few weeks ago by a gang of black boys shouting "this is what you get for being white!" Nope, they want a race war in time for the election and the national media will lie or do whatever it takes to gin one up. CNN and NBC have both falisfied records and misrepresented eye witness accounts. They have no shame.

Jennifer87 - 4/9/2012 11:15 AM
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The main reason color is involved in this is bc the sick boy went and killed nothing but blacks... He was racist and its very clear he was sick in the head and was out to get what he hated... It dont matter if he was white or indian, he was racist indian whats the diffrence.. God will punish him.

Jennifer87 - 4/9/2012 11:12 AM
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Yes he may have needed help, but it is no excuse to go and kill innocent people who had nothing to do with his fathers death.. Now another family needs help bc they have lost someone... He won't make it long in jail, they will get his little a$$

WinkyDinkyDogs - 4/9/2012 10:03 AM
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How are they getting offered bond, that is just ridiculous???!!!

pirate - 4/9/2012 8:47 AM
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SSSSSOOOOOOOOO north side people can see and take a description of a bad guy....now you all opened a can of worms becuase, we're gonna expext the same kind of results, with desriptions and all, when someone of color commits a crime. But hey, you ain't raciest huh!!!!! Whitie shoot someone, a day later he's in jail!!!!! Everyone wants to snitch on whitie........about as raciest as you can get and this proves it.

freedom - 4/9/2012 8:14 AM
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I know Jake personally & if he did it, he wasn't out to seek revenge & @ tht moment n time even if there had been a white person they would have got shot also. This is a 19 yr old tht watched his mother leave all of them, the dad tht stepped up to raise & take care of 3 kids get murdered, to seeing his fiancée take her own life leaving a newborn for him to raise. He now was taking care of JJ & his sister. He snapped, a mental breakdown, so y nt get him help thts wat he needs. FB- he was talking about taking his own life, my God common no where does it say I'm going them. I feel 4 the families, bt also 4 a boy tht just needed help. & he was born & raised n tht neighborhood, so he needed go to deep north he has lived there.
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