Spartan College of Aeronautics student enters blind plea, faces sentencing for off-campus shooting

TULSA - The prime suspect in an off-campus shooting that killed one Spartan College of Aeronautics student and injured three others entered a blind plea Monday, admitting guilt for the first time since the Feb. 21 shooting.

The four students, 18-year-old Chaz Fain, 18- and 19-year-old men and a 19-year-old girl, were found shot inside the apartment of Mark Hopkins. Fain was pronounced dead at the scene, while the other three were taken to an area hospital in serious condition.

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Hopkins, 41, is said to have lived with two of the surviving victims and together were hosting a party. Police did not speculate on a motive in the days after the shooting.

Hopkins, charged with first-degree murder and four counts of shooting with intent to kill, had initially entered a not guilty plea in March and requested a jury trial a month later.

Hopkins is scheduled for sentencing Dec. 12 in a Tulsa County court room, where a judge will determine his punishment.

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