Prosecutors say stolen car was at heart of 2011 fatal shootings in Oklahoma City

Rayvon Johnson, 22, of Oklahoma City, is charged with first-degree murder in the 2011 deaths of Lamar Shirley and Marcel Grigsby. A third victim was the intended target, prosecutors said.
by Tim Willert Modified: June 18, 2013 at 10:14 pm •  Published: June 19, 2013
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Testimony began Tuesday in the trial of a man accused of killing two people, including an accomplice seeking revenge for being robbed of his prized car at gunpoint.

Rayvon Johnson, 22, of Oklahoma City, is charged with first-degree murder in the Nov. 8, 2011, shooting deaths of Lamar Shirley and Marcel Grigsby.

A third victim, Cleveland Calderon, was shot in the leg and survived.

Prosecutors allege Johnson and Grigsby acted together to kill Shirley while intending to kill Calderon, and Johnson also killed Grigsby while intending to kill Calderon.

Grigsby, Oklahoma County Assistant District Attorney David Nichols told the jury, “was obsessed with recovering his stolen purple Camaro.”

Shirley was shot in the back. His body was found in the backyard of his home in the 300 block of SE 23, where friends had gathered for a midday barbecue.

Grigsby was shot in the back of the head. His body was found in the front yard of the home.

The case against Johnson is mostly circumstantial and appears to hinge on the testimony of Grigsby's brother, who met with Johnson after the shootings, and Grigsby's girlfriend, who loaned him her Jeep Cherokee.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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