Jury selected for suspect in Neal Sweeney's murder

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Updated: 8/21/2012 4:15 pm Published: 8/20/2012 10:03 pm

A jury has been selected for Terrico Bethel's trial.   

Bethel is the first of three suspects on trial for the contract killing of businessman Neal Sweeny.

Sweeney was gunned down in his east Tulsa business, Retail Fuels, in September 2008.  Prosecutors describe this case as one of the most complex murders, involving conspiracy and greed.

Bethel was the first suspect arrested and is the accused triggerman.

Mohammad Aziz, a convenience store owner, is the alleged mastermind who was in a business dispute with Sweeny over money owed for gasoline.  

Aziz is expected to testify against the other suspects in exchange for a lighter sentence.

The two other suspects are Alonzo Johnson and Fred Shields; their trials are scheduled for September 27th.

In April 2011, Allen Shields committed suicide after taking his estranged girlfriend’s daughter hostage in a police barricade.

He testified against his brother, cousin, Aziz and Bethel in exchange for a lighter sentence during the preliminary hearing.

In June, Bethel’s attorney collapsed during jury selection and her doctor would not allow her to return until she was okay.

Security is tight in the courtroom; to get inside you have to show your id, information is recorded and you have to go through a metal detector.  

Opening statements are scheduled for Tuesday afternoon.

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aleman - 8/21/2012 4:52 PM
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So you have someone clipped for owing money for gas?What?Sounds like the Shields guys have friends in high places,maybe for favors owed?Premeditated,golden opportunity to get get rid of a few problems, permenately

watchdog11 - 8/21/2012 11:41 AM
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Hope the give them life in the electric chair....dirtbag trash, we would all be better off with them dead, Sweeneys death could have been prevented if the courts and our DA had locked Allen and Fred Shields up long ago, Allen Shields committed every crime on the books, assault, armed robbery, kidnapping, rape, murder, drugs, home invasions, thefts and never did one day for any of it, think he was probably a CI why he got away with all the stuff he did, this is what happens when you don't put the criminals in jail and leave them there. Will be surprized it this bunch of garbage goes to jail too, bet money they will get very little if anything this time.

Mayor Maynot - 8/20/2012 10:45 PM
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Aziz wants a lighter sentence so just give him half of the lethal injection. The lethal half. :- >

Mayor Maynot - 8/20/2012 10:42 PM
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Deport all of them to Guantanamo. Homegrown terrorists firing squad is good enough for them.
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