TULSA, Okla. - Press Release:
The Tulsa District Attorney’s Office has declined to file criminal charges against a convenience store clerk who shot and killed two armed men who attempted to rob Ryan’s Convenience Store, 9948 E. 21st St. on January 13. Tulsa police investigated the robbery and shooting deaths and interviewed clerk Bradley Keeling.
Police determined four men were involved in the attempted robbery. Kevin Dobbs and Brian Powell were shot to death at the store. “Based upon the facts and the evidence, Keeling was justified in shooting the attempted robbers under Oklahoma’s ‘Stand Your Ground Law.’ The ‘Stand Your Ground Law’ gives Keeling and other Oklahoma business (and home) owners, employees and persons the right to expect absolute safety within their places of business (and homes) and the right to use defensive force likely to cause death or great bodily harm if a person against whom such force was used was in the process of unlawfully and forcefully entering a place of business (or home),” said First Assistant District Attorney John David Luton. “The law presumes that such a person held a reasonable fear of imminent peril of death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another when using defensive force, and is justified in using such force and is immune from criminal prosecution,” Luton said.
Lakeit Thompson and George Kevon Williamson were charged with Murder First Degree in Commission of a Crime, under the theory that the deaths of Dobbs and Powell resulted from Thompson and Williamson’s actions in committing the attempted robbery.
Thompson and Williamson were also charged in a series of armed robberies in Tulsa in December and January. On Dec. 7, Thompson, Williamson, Powell and Dobbs are accused of robbing a Little Caesar’s Restaurant. December 16, Thompson, Powell and Dobbs are charged with attempted to rob a Subway Restaurant and Family Dollar Store. On Dec. 30, Powell, Dobbs and Thompson are accused of robbing a Lucky Stop. On Jan. 7, Powell, Dobbs and Thompson are accused of robbing both a Fast Stop and Go Food Mart. On Jan. 12, Powell, Dobbs and Thompson area accused again of robbing a Lucky Stop store.