Dennehy bound over for trial

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Reported by: Sharon Phillips
Updated: 10/17/2012 4:10 pm Published: 10/17/2012 11:00 am


A man accused of shooting two people at the Tulsa County Courthouse is bound over for trial. Andrew Dennehy is accused of shooting a deputy and another man during a shooting in March on the plaza of the courthouse. It took the court most of the spring and summer to determine if Dennehy was competent to stand trial. Now that he is, several deputies involved in the shooting took the stand to testify about what happened that day. All of them say they were in fear of their lives.

Dennehy sat stone-faced in his chair with his feet and hands shackled together. He glared at the witnesses as they gave their testimony. The state called several members of the Tulsa County Sheriff’s Office. One testified that he received a call shortly after 2pm that day about shots being fired on the plaza. That’s when he raced out the door with two other deputies. He told the court he spotted Dennehy with a silver revolver in his hand. After ordering him to drop the gun, Dennehy refused and fired one shot hitting a deputy in his hands. The two other men immediately shot Dennehy and secured his gun.

Librarian Kathy Metzler remembers the chaos that day as people began streaming into the library for safety.

"There was a tremendous bang and I didn't know what that was, but a man came limping in and said he had been shot,” says Kathy.

The man was an innocent bystander and needed her help. She sat him down and wrapped his leg with gauze and waited for paramedics.

"I didn't think about anything else except making sure that he was alright,” says Kathy.

Another deputy testified that Dennehy tried to escape from St. John Medical Center a few days later. Dennehy told him he needed to use the restroom and when he got up; the deputy says he charged at him knocking him out into the hall.

“There was evidence that he saw a possible escape route with the back stairwell,” says First Assistant DA, Jack Thorp.

Dennehy’s next court appearance is scheduled for October 22nd where he will be arraigned. He faces six charges including two counts of shooting with intent to kill, possession of a firearm, reckless handling of a firearm, attempted escape and assault and battery on a police officer.

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aleman - 10/20/2012 5:26 AM
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To bad they didn't accomodate him,idiot should of shot himself, his actions caused whatever happened that day,whatever conspiracy theories one wishes to believe it was all his fault,little sawed-off psychopath had his ego bruised and threw a fit...that's my conspiracy theory.

Unwashed Mass - 10/19/2012 7:19 PM
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Shooting a 22 in the air in an attempt at committing suicide isnt exactly a "temper tantrum"

Unwashed Mass - 10/19/2012 7:17 PM
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He should be punished for his actions, but it's important to note that he never shot anybody. The bystander was shot by a deputy, and the deputy who was wounded in the hands was hit by concrete fragments from a planter he accidentally shot. It's ok, though, they both got medals for it.

Citizen5667 - 10/18/2012 10:51 AM
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$4,286.64 was paid to the state in fines by this kid prior to this shooting spree. It looks to me that this kid was trying to obey the law after his first DUI offense, but kept getting pulled over for 1-10 over posted limit and seat-belt violations up until he received another DUI for excessive speeding. I believe that the second DUI probably sent him over the edge since he knew how expensive DUIs were and he probably just needed someone to come pick him up. He was probably (also) told by authorities that his second DUI offense was, for sure, going to be a felony. Undoubtedly, there is no excuse for trying to kill people because you messed up, but DUIs are being handed out like candy on Halloween in Oklahoma! Example: Officer: "I am taking you in for DUI" Driver: "But I thought I was pulled over for 1-10 mph over the limit?" Officer: "You could kill someone on the road while drinking and driving" Driver: "Well, I didn't... I am 2 blocks away, can I please just go home?" Officer: "Put your hands behind your back, you are under arrest for DUI"

Mayor Maynot - 10/17/2012 4:48 PM
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Wasn't the innocent bystander hit by a round from TCSO??

aleman - 10/17/2012 3:44 PM
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He might be an inbred,and he might be ignorant but he knew what was goin' on,temper tantrum gone bad.

t town253 - 10/17/2012 11:19 AM
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Lol I dont believe for a second he is a looney. Evil yes...but not looney. His own friends have testified and said he was just fine and were shocked he did this thing. It was premeditated and motive is obvious. Nice try stupid....I call your bluff!
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