Cleveland County judge orders Oklahoma City teenager to trial in Moore shooting death

Brajuan Napoleon, 16, has been ordered to stand trial on a first-degree murder charge in the October shooting death of a Moore teenager.
By Jane Glenn Cannon, Staff Writer Published: March 7, 2014
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— A Cleveland County judge has ordered an Oklahoma City teenager to stand trial on a first-degree murder charge in the October shooting death of another teen outside a Moore residence.

Brajuan Napoleon, 16, is accused of killing Alex Matlock, 17, of Moore, after the two exchanged words at a party in the 100 block of Kelley Drive.

Special District Judge Steve Stice said evidence presented at a preliminary hearing Wednesday was sufficient to put Napoleon on trial.

Katelynn Menees, 16, testified Napoleon was among a group of teens who arrived at a party uninvited about 12:45 a.m. Oct. 20. Words were exchanged inside the house and the property owner asked everyone to leave.

Menees said she heard an angry exchange between Napoleon and another teen outside the residence and that Matlock was among about four teenagers who then followed Napoleon and others into the street.

In the street, Napoleon pulled a gun and shot Matlock in the chest, she said.

Assistant District Attorney Kim Conyers said Napoleon was arrested at his mother’s home after partygoers told police they believed he was the teenager who shot Matlock.

Defense attorney Sam Talley indicated there were other witnesses at the party who were not called to testify at the preliminary hearing who saw Matlock with a broken bottle in his hand as he faced Napoleon in the street.


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