Oklahoma City teen to be tried as adult in Bricktown shooting

Avery Myers, 17, of Oklahoma City, is accused of firing at eight people after an NBA playoff game between the Oklahoma City Thunder and the Los Angeles Lakers. A judge ruled Friday that Myers will be tried as an adult.
by Tim Willert Modified: February 8, 2013 at 8:50 pm •  Published: February 8, 2013

“He was verbally belligerent and disrespectful to an Oklahoma County officer and threatened him with gang gestures and comments regarding ‘Tupac,' a known gang figure,” according to the judge's report.

On Dec. 11, Myers received a 30-day sanction for fighting with another inmate. He punched the inmate two additional times while the inmate was being restrained. On Jan. 12, Myers got into a fight with an inmate and had to be pepper-sprayed when he refused to stop fighting.

On Jan. 31, Myers recited violent and obscene lyrics by rapper Tupac, telling the detention officer “it was a thug life,” and he was the “modern-day Tupac.” The officer also testified that Myers told him “he doesn't care about county (jail),” and he would “be out … in 15 months and back on the streets.”

In August, Kirby ruled there was enough evidence to prosecute Myers, who is accused of shooting into a crowd of unarmed people.

Prosecutors, Kirby wrote, proved “there is good cause to believe the defendant would not reasonably complete a plan of rehabilitation, and that the public would not be adequately protected if the defendant were to be sentenced as a youthful offender.”

Defense attorneys argued that Myers, then 16, acted in self-defense because he felt threatened by a group.

Defense attorneys told the judge they plan to appeal the ruling.

Myers is set to appear in Oklahoma County District Court on March 6.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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