Theresa Alexander talks about Good Friday shooting suspect son, Jake England, in jailhouse interview

The incarcerated mother of Good Friday shooting suspect Jacob England spoke by phone Tuesday morning with CNN to talk about her son, why she reached out to a local attorney and her reaction to her son's involvement in the shooting spree.

Teri Alexander is currently jailed at Mabel Bassett Correctional Center in McCloud, Okla. serving time for arson.

She said Jacob was around 6 years old when she and his father separated and that he was close to his father.

"He was a good kid, a very good kid," Alexander told CNN's Soledad O'Brien. "I really can't even imagine that Jake did that. I'm still devastated from the news. And, um, I just, I can't wrap my head around that."

Alexander also talked about the letter she wrote to Tulsa attorney Clark Brewster ( and said it was because of the publicity the case had gotten that she reached out to him.

Brewster joined O'Brien as well, but wouldn't comment on his strategy in how he'll defend England, only saying, "I'll save that for the courtroom."


On Monday, a judge entered "not guilty" pleas for both England and Alvin Watts.

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

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

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