Two years after a teenager was gunned down outside a nightclub, two men accused in that shooting have been killed themselves.
A jury found Orlando Joshawn Smith not guilty of murder in June.
Now Smith, 21, is dead, gunned down at a northwest Oklahoma City apartment complex.
He was shot about 4:30 p.m. Sunday at the Whitby Court apartments, 7504 Knight Lake Drive, and died at a hospital, police report.
Smith faced a murder charge in the suspected gang-related fatal shooting of Dejontae Durham, 17, in November 2009 outside an Oklahoma City nightclub, records show.
Police would not say whether Smith's killing Sunday was retaliatory.
“At this point we just don't know,” Sgt. Jennifer Wardlow said.
“We'll look into the possibility that it could be gang related,” Wardlow said.
Tracey T. Humphrey, who was accused as an accomplice in the 2009 slaying, also was gunned down.
Humphrey, 19, was shot in September 2010 while riding in a car near NW 36 and Classen Boulevard.
He was charged in Oklahoma County District Court with accessory after the fact in Durham's killing, but never got his day in court.
Humphrey was out on bail on the accessory complaint when he was killed. His slaying remains unsolved, Capt. Dexter Nelson said.
His mother, Omeca Humphrey, thinks there are witnesses and wishes someone would come forward.
“We want him to have peace,” she said in a May interview with The Oklahoman. “We want his murder to be solved.”
Prosecutors were confident they had found Durham's killer in Smith, Assistant District Attorney Dan Gridley said. The jury disagreed. Gridley said a main witness refused to testify, hurting the case.
Now police are trying to solve Smith's case. No arrests have been made.
Anyone with information is asked to call the homicide tip line at 297-1200.