TULSA - Jury selection is scheduled to begin Monday in the third and final trial related to the Neal Sweeney murder-for-hire case.
Sweeney, a former University of Tulsa football standout and well-known Tulsa businessman, was shot and killed in September 2008 at his office.
Alonzo Johnson is the last man to go to trial out of the five suspects initially implicated in the case.
Prosecutors say Mohammed Aziz, a gas station owner, hired Allen Shields to kill Sweeney because he cut off fuel to Aziz's gas station. Allen Shields and his brother Fred Shields then hired Terrico Bethel to carry out the hit.
Court documents say Johnson provided the stolen getaway van used in Sweeney's murder.
Aziz pleaded guilty in exchange for his testimony against his co-conspirators. He has not yet been sentenced.
Bethel was the first to face trial. He was convicted and sentenced to life in prison without the possibility of parole.
Allen Shields agreed to testify against the others in the case but he committed suicide in 2011 during a standoff with Tulsa police. His brother Fred Shields was convicted of first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder.
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