Tulsa Shooting Suspect's Mom Writes Letter Asking Attorney To Intervene
TULSA, Oklahoma - Tulsa defense attorney Clark Brewster held a news conference Friday afternoon to announce he will represent Jacob England.
Charges were filed Friday against England, 19, who are accused in the "unprecedented" random shooting rampage that took place in north Tulsa on Good Friday.
England, along with Alvin Lee Watts, 33, is charged with three counts of first-degree murder, two counts of shooting with intent to kill and five counts of malicious intimidation or harassment.
Brewster showed the media a letter he received this week from Teri Alexander, who is serving time at Mabel Bassett Correction Center in McLoud, asking him to represent her son:
Dear Mr. Brewster,
I just saw the devastating news about my son Jake England's arrest in the random shootings in Tulsa, Oklahoma yesterday evening. I am writing to plead with you to represent him because only excellent representation perhaps combined with a miracle can save him from certain death in this high profile case.
Jake has had to deal with far more than his share of burdens in his short life and unfortunately he has not had the best set of circumstances to prepare him for these burdens. Although his father Carl and I loved him and his two sisters Carly and Cady dearly, we divorced when they were very young and Carl raised the kids mostly on his own. He was a loving parent, bur overwhelmed at times I'm sure. I had a severe drug problem that culminated in me coming to prison nearly a decade after committing arson in an attempt to end an abusive relationship.
Our family does not hate black people. Two of my beloved grandchildren are African American. After Carl's murder in an attempt to defend Carly and her African American boyfriend from and African American assailant, Jake had a lot of responsibilities piled on him and I think it was all too much. Then just recently his girlfriend shot herself in front of his eyes with their baby and toddler in the room. Jake was then responsible for my youngest child Cady, his baby and his girlfriend's small child. I could do nothing but write letters and hear about these horrible events secondhand.
I am desperate to help my son in any way I can and I believe that the media, the justice system and the wounded African American community will be so eager to make an example out of Jake that his humanity, his youth, and his core of essential goodness will be forgotten. Jake has lost the will to live, so I must have the will for him to go on and to fight for his life. Please help my son.
Mabel Bassett Correctional Center
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