Preliminary hearing for Good Friday shooting spree suspects Jake England and Alvin Watts delayed

TULSA - A preliminary hearing for two men charged in the Good Friday shooting spree has been postponed.

Jacob Carl England, 19, and Alvin Lee Watts, 33, are each charged with three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of shooting with intent to kill and five counts of malicious intimidation or harassment.

The hearing was originally scheduled for Wednesday but prosecutors and attorneys for England and Watts asked for a delay.

Assistant District Attorney Doug Drummond filed the request to delay the hearing earlier this month because of an outstanding report from the state medical examiner. Attorneys for the accused men also agreed to the delay request.

England and Watts, listed in court documents as white, are accused of a shooting spree in north Tulsa April 6 that left three people dead and two others injured. All five victims were black.

Prosecutors have charged the men with Oklahoma's equivalent of hate crimes, the malicious intimidation or harassment charges -- which are misdemeanors -- because they say England and Watts intentionally targeted the victims because of their race.

Dannaer Fields, 49, Bobby Clark, 54, and William Allen, 31, died from their injuries. David Hall, 46, and Deon Tucker, 44, survived.

A judge previously entered not-guilty pleas on behalf of the suspects.

The preliminary hearing has been rescheduled for July 18 at 9 a.m.

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