Testimony: Oklahoma shooting suspect admitted to slayings

By JUSTIN JUOZAPAVICIUS Published: July 18, 2012
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Prosecutors had called four witnesses out of an estimated 12 before a brief afternoon recess. The preliminary hearing is for a judge to determine whether prosecutors have enough evidence to proceed with a trial.

The first witness to testify Wednesday was Cindy Wilde, the mother of England's ex-girlfriend, who sold England a pistol she had purchased at a pawnshop several weeks before the shootings.

When Wilde heard about the shootings on the news, she confronted England and asked him if he would ever do something like that.

“Yes, I might have,” Wilde testified that England said.

Wilde said she asked England what had happened that night and England told her he was headed to a casino, shot somebody, then went to the casino and then shot some more people.

“I said, `Oh my God, you didn't use my pistol?' “ Wilde testified.

She said England replied said “yes,” but told Wilde not to worry because “they'll never, ever find it.”

Watts and England sat apart from each other in the courtroom and are represented by different attorneys. The mohawk haircut that England had when his initial booking mug shot was taken has been shaved.

As testimony — at times emotional — was given, England and Watts sat stone-faced. England rested his chin in his hand.

Testimony is to resume later Wednesday afternoon.

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