Law enforcement officials are investigating whether a jail altercation between a witness and a defendant in a racketeering case against an Oklahoma City street gang led to the killing of an inmate at a private prison in Lawton.
The witness, Donald Michael Soliz, belongs to the Southside Loco street gang, prosecutors said.
He was confronted June 5 in the Oklahoma County jail by Christopher Alvarado, 26, a defendant in the state's racketeering case against the Juarito street gang.
A sheriff's spokesman characterized the incident as “minor,” even though prosecutors said they viewed surveillance video in which Alvarado is seen knocking Soliz to the ground.
First Assistant District Attorney Scott Rowland said Friday his office and police in Oklahoma City and Lawton are investigating whether a prison hit was ordered as payback.
Lawton police are investigating the slaying of Sonny Limpy, a 25-year-old inmate at the Lawton Correctional Facility, who died Wednesday after he was stabbed.
Limpy was stabbed twice in the face, twice in the left wrist and once in the chest. He was taken to a hospital, where he died.
“He was stabbed in a lot of places,” Lawton police Capt. Craig Akard said Friday.
Police have five suspects in the attack, and said the attackers used a homemade knife.
“There were gang members involved,” Akard said. “We're looking at all possible angles.”
Limpy, according to law enforcement sources, was a member of the Juarito street gang serving life in prison for the 2005 murder of a Southside Loco gang member in Spencer.