Jury convicts Oklahoma City man of killing drug dealer, girlfriend

Darrell Brown, 22, could face life in prison when sentenced in July for the murders of Edward Allen Jr., 30, and Demetra Boyce, 25. After convicting Brown on Wednesday, Oklahoma County District Court jurors recommended he serve life in prison with the possibility of parole.
by Tim Willert Modified: June 14, 2013 at 8:42 pm •  Published: June 14, 2013

A jury in Oklahoma County deliberated for about seven hours before convicting a man of murder in the deaths of a drug dealer and the dealer's girlfriend.

The panel late Wednesday recommended a sentence of life in prison with the possibility of parole for Darrell Brown, 22, for the June 19, 2012, murders of Edward Allen Jr. and Demetra Boyce at a northeast Oklahoma City apartment complex.

Allen, 30, died of multiple gunshot wounds to the head. Boyce, 25, died of a gunshot wound to the chest.

Jurors also found Brown guilty of pointing a gun at a witness and recommended an additional 10 years behind bars. Sentencing is set for July 24 in the courtroom of District Judge Donald L. Deason.

About the case

Officers found Boyce dead in the parking lot of Wilshire Renaissance Apartments, 701 E Wilshire Blvd. Allen's body was found inside one of the apartments.

Prosecutors alleged Brown, known as “Puff,” and an associate were upset over being sold “ice,” a form of methamphetamine, instead of crack cocaine.

Prosecutors relied heavily on the testimony of a self-described crack addict to prove their case.

Carolyn Crigler identified Brown as the man who threatened to kill her if she said anything. Crigler testified that she heard multiple gunshots in another room moments before Brown threatened her with a gun.

“The only thing tying him to the murders was Carolyn Crigler,” Assistant District Attorney Adam Kallsnick said.

Brown's attorneys argued that prosecutors had no evidence linking their client to the murders except the testimony of a drug addict who could not be believed.

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