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Judge denies motion to withdraw Deonte Green blind plea

Posted at 7:18 PM, Aug 08, 2019
and last updated 2019-08-08 20:18:42-04

Judge Kelly Greenough denied Deonte Green's attorney's motion to appeal his blind plea in the murder of Shane Anderson.

This ruling is finally the end to what has been a painful case for the family of Shane Anderson- the man who was murdered.

Deonte Green was sentenced to life in prison without parole back in July but just 7 days later his attorney filed a motion to withdraw his plea and potentially send the whole thing back to trial.

That motion being denied means Green will keep his sentence and it cannot go back to trial.

2 Works for You spoke to assistant District Attorney Kevin Gray who says this is a sigh of relief for the family.

“Every time he's been in court they've been here right on the front row staring him down and to their credit. I mean Shane Anderson, their shirts said it right, he's a dad who walked into the fire and he took a bullet for his kids.” Says Tulsa County assistant district attorney.

This case caused fear in the south Tulsa community where it happened.

Green was just 16 when he shot and killed Anderson and sexually assaulted an elderly woman in her home.

It was determined last year that Green has a low IQ, however, he was deemed competent to stand trial.

The attorney in court claiming Green's learning disabilities prevented him from understanding his plea.

However- several phone calls between Green and his parents and Green's previous statements in court convinced Judge Greenough that he understood his blind plea perfectly well- and that this was all an attempt by his parents to try to take his case to trial after he's already been sentenced for the original plea.

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