Oklahoma County prosecutors have dismissed their case against a former Cattlemen's dishwasher accused of tipping off two men before an off-duty sheriff's deputy was shot and robbed on his way to make a bank deposit.
Prosecutors dropped charges of shooting with intent to kill and robbery with a firearm against Diante Keon Douglas, 19, of Midwest City, after co-defendant Keonta Stephen Terrell Prince, 18, told prosecutors late Friday he lied when he implicated Douglas, his attorney said.
Douglas was arrested in October after Prince testified at a preliminary hearing for co-defendant Christopher Travis Baker that Douglas, a Cattlemen's Steakhouse worker, alerted him as sheriff's Maj. John Waldenville exited the restaurant.
Waldenville, a security guard, left to make a bank deposit just after midnight on May 21, 2011, when he was ambushed, shot and robbed of two bank bags containing $6,000.
Waldenville, 61, lost his right eye in the shooting. The bullet missed his brain.
At Douglas' preliminary hearing in February, Prince testified that Douglas aided in the robbery by nodding his head just before Waldenville came out of the restaurant.
Douglas' attorney, Michael McBride, said Monday his client knew Prince and made small talk with him the night of the shooting but said Douglas had no knowledge of Prince's plan to ambush the guard.
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