Oklahoma County Special Judge orders two men to face trial in slaying of man during marijuana robbery

Alfonzo D. Tate, 36, and Hershell E. Anderson, 21, are charged with first-degree murder in Jan. 17 shooting death of Donte D. McCarther, 21; victim was set up, a third defendant testifies
by Tim Willert Modified: September 29, 2012 at 1:07 am •  Published: September 29, 2012
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Two men charged in the shooting death of a man during a robbery for 11/2 pounds of marijuana will face trial, a judge ruled Friday.

Alfonzo Dwight Tate, 36, of Oklahoma City, and Hershell Eugene Anderson, 21, of Midwest City, are charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of Donte Deshawn McCarther, 21.

McCarther's body was found Jan. 17 near the breezeway of an apartment complex in the 1400 block of N Council Road, where he and two other men had gone to deliver marijuana to a woman, police said.

Tate, Anderson and a third co-defendant, Darron Darrell Fair, planned to rob the men of the drugs and used the woman as a go-between, Fair testified Friday during the preliminary hearing for Tate and Anderson.

Fair is expected to plead guilty to second-degree murder and receive a 12-year prison sentence in exchange for his testimony, attorneys said. He told the judge Tate orchestrated the robbery and Anderson shot McCarther.

“One of the dudes walked up on us and Hershell pulled a gun,” Fair said.

Anderson robbed McCarther of cash while Fair — armed with a replica firearm — walked to a car parked nearby and robbed the other two men of the marijuana and a gun, he testified.

That's when Fair said he heard “two gunshots.”

Wayne Bartlett, 28, and Brandon Raylee Dawson, 21, the men prosecutors allege delivered the drugs with McCarther, were charged with murder because the death occurred during the commission of a crime.

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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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