The Tulsa County District Attorney’s office released information about the shooting death of the father of a suspect in the North Tulsa Shootings.
Carl England was shot to death on April 5th, 2010. His son Jacob has been arrested in connection to the shooting death of three people and the shooting of two people on April 6th, 2012. Alvin Watts has also been arrested in connection to those crimes.
The Tulsa County District Attorney’s office ruled the April 5, 2010 shooting death of Carl England justifiable homicide and declined to file homicide charges against Pernell Demond Jefferson.
In that case, Jefferson was charged with attempted first degree burglary and possession of a firearm after former conviction of a felony. He is facing a jury trial on these charges set to begin on May 7, 2012.
The DA’s office will not make judicial statements about the case to prevent hampering the jury trial, but released a statement that reads:
Shortly after the shooting death of Carl England, the Tulsa County District Attorney’s office declined to file homicide charges against Jefferson. Based on the reports presented by the Tulsa Police Department, the DA’s Office found Jefferson’s actions to be justified under Oklahoma law: 21 O.S. 1991, sec 733.
Section 733 is defined by a uniform jury instruction in Oklahoma. Such an instruction is used in the analysis of whether someone is justified in using deadly force under Oklahoma law.
“A person is justified in using deadly force [under Oklahoma law] in self-defense if that person reasonably believed that use of deadly force was necessary to protect himself/herself from imminent danger of death or great bodily harm. Self-defense is a defense although the danger to life or personal security may not have been real, if a reasonable person, in the circumstances and from the viewpoint of the defendant would reasonably have believed that he/she was in imminent danger of death or great bodily harm.”
Jefferson was on probation at the time he was charged with the burglary and firearm charges. On May 27, 2010, a judge revoked his probation in CF-07-6541, for feloniously pointing a firearm and domestic assault and battery in presences of a minor child and sentenced him to six years in prison. That time will be in addition to any prison sentence he may receive in his upcoming trial, if he is found guilty beyond a reasonable doubt.