As Amanda Bland reports for the Tulsa World, England's father was indeed killed by an African-American man (DA: Father of suspect arrested in shooting spree was killed in self-defense in 2010 case 04/09/2012):
"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," said Susan Witt with the district attorney’s office in a news release Tuesday.The World also provides a link to Jake's testimony (the confessed killer) at Jefferson's trial on the other charges.
England and Jefferson got into an altercation at the Comanche Park Apartments the day England was killed, police told the Tulsa World following the incident. England’s daughter reportedly called him for help after her boyfriend and Jefferson got into a fight.
Police said the boyfriend hit Jefferson with a baseball bat and Jefferson left to retrieve a gun before England arrived and was shot in the chest.
Jefferson is charged with attempted first-degree burglary and possession of a firearm after a former felony conviction in the case. A jury trail is scheduled for May 7.
Bland also reports on Jake England's girlfriend, "Sheran Hart Wilde, Jake England’s girlfriend, committed suicide in January." The two of them had a son, who is about seven months old now. He will be left with no conscious memories of his mother, and may well know his father as a man in prison for life for murder.
Ironically, Jefferson may have escaped murder charges because of Oklahoma's 2006 "Stand Your Ground"/Kill At Will law. Tommy Christopher writes in Possible Motive In Tulsa Shooting And Oklahoma's 'Stand Your Ground' Law Mediaite 04/09/2012:
Oklahoma enacted a "Stand Your Ground" law in 2006, without which Pernell Jefferson probably would have been charged for the shooting. Rather than shooting England, Jefferson could have run away, called the police, fired a warning shot, or simply brandished the weapon at him. Under Stand Your Ground, though, he had "no duty to retreat and has the right to stand his or her ground and meet force with force, including deadly force, if he or she reasonably believes it is necessary to do so to prevent death or great bodily harm to himself or herself or another or to prevent the commission of a forcible felony."Who knows, Jake England and his confessed accomplice in the murder, Alvin Watts, may wind up walking on these murders, too, under the Kill At Will law.
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