April 9th, 2012
01:35 AM ET

Suspects in deadly Tulsa shootings to make first court appearance

TULSA, Oklahoma (CNN) - Two white men accused in a spate of shootings in predominantly black neighborhoods of Tulsa, Oklahoma, will make their first court appearance Monday, as authorities work to determine whether the violence that left three people dead was racially motivated.

Authorities are digging into the backgrounds of Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 33, who are charged with three counts of murder and two counts of shooting with intent to kill in connection with last week's shootings that also wounded two people.

The pair was arrested early Sunday after a series of tips that led investigators to England's burned pickup, a vehicle that matched a description reported at the crime scenes, according to their arrest reports.

Local and federal authorities stopped short of categorizing the violence as a hate crime.

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  1. TvNyC

    This story kills me why people don’t find GOD before they do something extremely stupid. See, these people will find God but it will be too late because they’ll spend the rest of their lives in prison. My condolences to the families, the victims are in heaven. A place where evil does not exist. So I suggest to people to think way BEFORE you act. Have a happy easter.

    April 9, 2012 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  2. ♚Mmmmm♛

    swift justice exists in oklahoma...what about sad chad state florida???

    April 9, 2012 at 2:27 am | Report abuse |
  3. Ayndefeated Rand

    Are the Brits the weakest nation on EARTH today... full of military pompous glory like Queens of Viagra? What have they ever done except put American rednecks in their place after the U.S. Toronto spectacle.. Brits are just banking bullies and hot air... RELICS who hang on to America dreams of oil victory turned into complete DEFEATS. 🙂

    April 9, 2012 at 2:54 am | Report abuse |
    • John Galt ©™

      Who are you?

      April 9, 2012 at 7:54 am | Report abuse |

    proper investigation got d idiot arrested, good 1

    April 9, 2012 at 3:45 am | Report abuse |

    Thats 3 less in the welfare lines, in the food stamp line, maybe going to jail for stealing, breathing our precious air. Theyd make great road patch, kitty litter, maybe fertilizer. Population control?

    April 9, 2012 at 4:07 am | Report abuse |
  6. ron

    Now that these two have effectively sealed their own fate for the rest of their lives, I'd like to nominate WIZARD as the new "idiot of the year" for comment above.

    April 9, 2012 at 5:51 am | Report abuse |
  7. Betty Kiel

    Hate Crimes? Tulsa, Oklahoma “Revenge” Shooting . . . Ya Think???

    Politics 101:

    -Submitted by Betty Kiel, Pearland Texas

    R-E-S-P-E-C-T: A Time to Reflect (Racial Tension)

    Racial Profiling and Discrimination in Ohio School Shooting:

    Racism in America Never Left: Justice for Trayvon Martin

    Another Young Black Unarmed Male Killed By Police: Kendrec McDale- Seeking Justice

    Political Cartoon:

    April 9, 2012 at 6:27 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @bot/part of the problem: a hate crime is something that would not have happened if a different race or gay person had not been there.

      in revenge, the race doesn't matter. if a white guy had shot his dad, he would have shot white guys.. the crime would have happened regardless of who was hurt.

      April 9, 2012 at 8:31 am | Report abuse |
  8. Sheryl & Sally Seton ©™

    There will always be an England.
    BTW, we met at an Easter egg hunt.
    Long live the Queen!

    April 9, 2012 at 6:35 am | Report abuse |
  9. Joey Isotta-Fraschini ©™

    All right, Sheryl–as long as you don't scare the horses.

    April 9, 2012 at 7:07 am | Report abuse |

    what type of pick up was it?...

    April 9, 2012 at 8:46 am | Report abuse |
    • leeintulsa

      @ruffnutt: white chevy tahoe. i originally thought suv from a pic we found online. might have been a camper top

      April 9, 2012 at 8:53 am | Report abuse |
  11. leeintulsa

    i can't get the 'full story' to come up.

    more details:

    happened two years to the day from when one of the shooter's father was shot dead by a black man.

    solved so quickly because of crimestoppers' tips, including the suspects' family.

    they had written incriminating things on facebook.

    April 9, 2012 at 8:59 am | Report abuse |
  12. leeintulsa

    @wizard: you'd love it here. tulsa was founded by a kkk member, and into the 60s, a town north of tulsa had a billboard on the highway that said, "don't let the sun set on your black ass in collinsville!"

    April 9, 2012 at 9:03 am | Report abuse |
  13. saywhat

    Good morning all.
    Seems to me that Wizardry is driving a lot of folks nuts in this country.

    Hope justice is swift for the murderers.

    April 9, 2012 at 10:02 am | Report abuse |