The mother of a man shot dead in an Oklahoma City department store parking lot said Wednesday she hopes the man charged in her son's killing “gets what he deserves” after a judge ordered a trial in the case.
David Edward Bloebaum, 57, is accused of shooting and killing Jasen Yousif, 29, about 4:30 p.m. Sept. 28 in the parking lot of SuperTarget, 13924 N Pennsylvania Ave.
Police said road rage may have prompted the deadly shooting.
“He took my son from me for no reason whatsoever. No reason,” Annie Yousif said outside the courtroom. “I hope he gets what he deserves, what's coming to him.”
Yousif's mother was led away by a sheriff's deputy earlier in the day after confronting Bloebaum during a break in his preliminary hearing.
Annie Yousif yelled “murderer” and told Bloebaum, “I hope you fry … in hell,” as Bloebaum waited for a courthouse elevator.
Prosecutors allege Bloebaum followed Yousif into the parking lot and instigated a confrontation before shooting him five times, including three times in the back, with a .380 caliber handgun investigators found on the passenger seat of his pickup.
Prosecutors said Bloebaum did not have a permit for the weapon.
Defense attorneys claim Bloebaum acted in self-defense, shooting Yousif because he approached Bloebaum's pickup with a knife while yelling obscenities.
“The evidence in the case suggests otherwise,” said District Attorney David Prater, who is prosecuting the case. “The defendant basically baits him over to his car, rolls down his window and shoots and kills him. So you tell me what that is. I say it's murder.”
One witness testified hearing gunshots and seeing a man she identified as Bloebaum pointing a gun at the victim as he stumbled and fell to the ground.
Lezlie Stacey told the judge she then saw Bloebaum tuck the gun into his pants and put a phone to his ear, saying “there was a man down at Target.”
Bloebaum then kept others from administering aid to the victim, Stacey testified.
She testified never seeing Yousif holding a knife but said an object she later identified as a knife fell from him as he collapsed.
Another witness identified Bloebaum as the man who prevented her from helping the victim, who was lying face down on the pavement.
“The guy told me, ‘Don't go near that body because I already shot him,'” Sherise Brannon testified. “He kept telling me to get away.”
She said she stood by helplessly as Yousif took his last breath.
Brannon testified she also saw Bloebaum use a phone, and overheard him saying a guy pulled a knife on him and he shot him.
Brannon said she saw a knife fall from Yousif's hand.
Special Judge D. Fred Doak found probable cause for Bloebaum to stand trial. A pretrial conference is set for April 17.