Charges upgraded after man pronounced brain dead

Posted at 6:05 AM, Mar 17, 2016

TULSA – Police say a man is fighting for his life after being severely beaten Wednesday night.

Tulsa police say just before 8 p.m. they received multiple calls regarding four people who were attacking a man in the street on North Johnston Avenue in north Tulsa.

The victim, 41-year-old Joe Perez, was declared brain dead just after 10, Thursday morning. 

Officers arrested four people: Ernest Edwards, Romelo Northington, Tonyo Hughes and a 17-year-old. These men, initially charged with assault, now face first degree murder.  

Police say the charges were upgraded to prevent the suspects from bonding out on the lesser charge. 

Pictured below is Tonyo Hughes. 

Pictured below is Ernest Edwards. 


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