TULSA - Four years after the alleged murder-for-hire death of Tulsa businessman Neal Sweeney, the men accused of orchestrating the hit are going to trial.
Sweeney was shot and killed in September 2008 at his east Tulsa office. Prosecutors believe Mohammed Aziz, the owner of a Tulsa convenience store, sought to retaliate for Sweeney cutting off fuel to his gas station.
Authorities believe Terrico Bethel was the gunman and brothers Fred and Allen Shields, as well as their cousin Alonzo Johnson, were also involved in the murder.
Aziz pleaded guilty in January to soliciting the homicide. Prosecutors say he will receive a lighter prison term in exchange for his testimony in the other suspects' trials.
Allen Shields cut a deal with prosecutors in exchange for his testimony, but killed himself during a hostage standoff with police in April 2011.
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