Man charged in Oklahoma City carjacking that led to homicide had drug, car theft convictions

Jeffrey S. Tate, 20, was charged Friday with murder in the stabbing death of Laura Stenner. Court records show Tate was admitted to Oklahoma County's drug court program after pleading guilty to car theft charges six days before Stenner was attacked.
BY BRYAN DEAN bdean@opubco.com Published: May 4, 2013
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Court records show Tate pleaded guilty to two charges involving stolen vehicles six days before Stenner and Rivers were attacked.

He was charged in December with attempted larceny of an automobile. In a separate case, he was charged in January with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Tate pleaded guilty in both cases and was admitted to drug court, but prosecutors applied to remove him from the program Friday as they charged him with murder.

Tate pleaded guilty to possession of methamphetamine and marijuana in a 2011 case. That case was deferred, but was accelerated and lumped in with the stolen vehicle cases in drug court.

The public defender representing Tate in drug court could not be reached for comment Friday.

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