Good Friday suspects due in court for arraignment

TULSA - A judge entered "not guilty" pleas Monday on behalf of the two men accused in the Good Friday shootings. 

The pair appeared in court via video conference for their formal arraignment.  Neither man said a word.

Last Monday, a judge ordered 19-year-old Jacob England and 33-year-old Alvin Watts held on more than $9 million bond each.

The suspects' bonds were revoked Friday after the two men were formally charged.

Both Watts and England are charged with three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of shooting with intent to kill and five counts of malicious harassment.

The two men have confessed to shooting five people during a spree in north Tulsa on Good Friday.  Three of their victims died.

The malicious harassment charges are the equivalent of hate crime charges under Oklahoma law.

Watts and England are accused of targeting their victims because they were black.

Prosecutors now must determine whether to pursue the death penalty.  They say there are circumstances to weigh as the case plays out over the coming months.

"Really what the question of this case is and what the question will be, what is justice in this case?  that's what we're going to have to determine," said Doug Drummond, assistant district attorney.  "What will be justice in this case?  How accountable should these people be and what level of accountability will they be held to?"

Bobby Clark, Dannaer Fields and William Allen were all found dead of a single gunshot wound to the chest April 6.

Deon Tucker, 44, and David Hall, 46, were wounded but survived the shootings.

Both Clark and Fields have been laid to rest.  A service for Allen is scheduled for Tuesday.

Watts and England are due back in court May 30 for a preliminary hearing.

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