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April 9, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
HOUSTON -- A spate of shootings in Tulsa, Okla., appears connected to the two-year anniversary of the slaying of a suspect's father, police said. And on Monday, prosecutors released new information about the handling of that case. Jacob "Jake" England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32, have been jailed in connection with the recent shootings and are being held on about $9-million bail each. The men face charges of murder, shooting with intent to kill and possession of a firearm in commission of a felony.
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April 16, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
The two suspects in Tulsa's deadly Good Friday shootings entered not-guilty pleas on Monday to murder and other charges associated with the shootings. Susan Witt, a spokeswoman for the Tulsa district attorney's office, told The Times that Jacob "Jake" England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 33, appeared in Tulsa County District Court via closed-circuit television from Tulsa Jail, where they have been held since their arrest on Easter Sunday. Police have said the pair, who were roommates, confessed to the shootings shortly after their arrest.
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April 9, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
The two suspects in a shooting rampage that terrorized the black community in Tulsa, Okla., over the weekend have confessed, police said Monday. Tulsa Police Department arrest report s obtained by The Times say 32-year-old Alvin Watts confessed to shooting two people and 19-year-old Jake England confessed to shooting three. England's arrest report says he drove during the shootings and led police to the weapon. Tulsa police spokesman Jason Willingham told The Times that the gun and a truck were seized in connection with the shootings.
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April 8, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Two men were arrested Sunday in connection with the shootings of five black people in Tulsa, Okla., and authorities were investigating their backgrounds and Facebook pages to try to determine whether the attacks were racially motivated. Three of the shooting victims died. Police described the suspects as white, but a family friend said one was Cherokee. Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32, both of Tulsa, were arrested after an anonymous tip about 2 a.m. north of the city, near where the shootings occurred, Tulsa Police Department spokesman Jason Willingham said.
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April 8, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Investigators were probing the backgrounds and Facebook pages of two white men arrested early Sunday in connection with a series of fatal shootings in Tulsa that may have targeted blacks. Police responding to an anonymous tip arrested Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32, both of Tulsa, about 2 a.m. outside a home north of the city, near where the shootings had occurred, Tulsa Police spokesman Jason Willingham told The Times. The pair were unarmed and cooperated with arresting officers, Willingham said.
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April 13, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Tulsa prosecutors filed murder and hate crime charges Friday against two men arrested on Easter Sunday in the  shooting deaths of three black residents . The pair also were charged with shooting with intent to kill Deon Tucker, 44, and David Hall, 46. Tucker and Hall are also black, and the suspects face hate crime charges in those shootings as well. Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 33, were both described in the charging document as white, though England has been described as at least part Native American.
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April 10, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
Two men arrested in connection with a shooting rampage that terrorized the black community in Tulsa, Okla., over the weekend have confessed, police said Monday, and officials continued to investigate whether the crimes were racially motivated. Police arrest reports obtained by The Times say Alvin Watts, 32, confessed to shooting two people and Jake England, 19, confessed to shooting three. Three victims died and two were seriously wounded. England's arrest report says he drove during the shootings early Friday and later led police to the weapon.
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April 9, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske
Two men held in connection with the recent Tulsa shootings that killed three black residents and wounded two others made their initial court appearance Monday, as officials continued to investigate whether the crimes were racially motivated. Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 32, appeared in Tulsa County District Court on Monday via closed-circuit video from Tulsa jail, officials told The Times. Their arraignment was postponed until 9 a.m. April 16 to give prosecutors time to review the charges.
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April 13, 2012 | By Molly Hennessy-Fiske, Los Angeles Times
TULSA, Okla. - In the wake of what locals are calling the Good Friday Shootings, dozens of worried residents from Tulsa's mostly black north side attended an NAACP meeting in the heart of their troubled neighborhood for some truth-telling. Yes, they were relieved that two men had been arrested in the shootings that left three African Americans dead and two wounded. They were pleased that the glare of the national spotlight was forcing local officials to work with black leaders.
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