Tulsa Teen's Competency Trial In Death Of Teacher Continues


Friday, August 17th 2018, 3:00 am
By: News On 6


A Tulsa County jury continues to hear evidence in the competency trial of Deonte Green.

The 17-year-old is charged with a string of robberies, the rape of an elderly woman and the murder of Shane Anderson, Broken Arrow school teacher last fall.

Under Oklahoma law, a person charged with a crime is presumed competent, so it is up to Deonte Green's attorney to prove his client is not. Green's attorneys called two psychologists who said Green is not competent.

During testimony on Thursday, one of the psychologists said Green has an IQ of 59 and is illiterate. That witness told the court, Green can't even comprehend the words "serious offense," and for that reason is not competent to stand trial.

Prosecutors want to show the videotape of Green's interview with police after his arrest so they can see and hear the teen for themselves, to help them determine his competency.

8/16/2018 Related Story: Competency Trial Set For Tulsa Teen Charged With Murder

Defense attorneys argue the tape would only inflame and prejudice the jury and they would consider it while deciding competency which, by law, they should not.

The judge ruled one of the two police interviews was admissible in this trial.

In the video interview, Green at first denies the robberies, kidnapping an elderly couple and raping the woman and killing Anderson. Eventually he admits to the crimes and tells police he did not mean to kill that man, referring to school teacher Shane Anderson.

The jury can only decide if Deonte Green is competent, not if he's guilty or not guilty. If he is found competent, he will stand trial for the charges, and another jury would decide if he is guilty or not. If the current jury finds him incompetent, he will be placed in a mental facility.

The competency trial is expected to conclude Friday.

Green says he shot Anderson as Anderson ran at Green and pushed him into a wall. Green says he thought Anderson had something in his hand, maybe a gun. Police told Green Anderson did not have a gun.

— Lori Fullbright (@LoriFullbright) August 17, 2018

Green said he forced the elderly couple to drive him to a bank. He said he sat between the couple in their truck as the man drove. Green said he had the gun in his pocket. Green said they had trouble with the ATM & when a woman offered to help, Green robbed her too.

— Lori Fullbright (@LoriFullbright) August 17, 2018

Green denied going back into the elderly couple’s home & denied raping the elderly woman. Green told police she was lying about that part. Police said it didn’t make sense for her to lie & reminded Green they have DNA from him and the victim.

— Lori Fullbright (@LoriFullbright) August 17, 2018

Green said it was disgusting & kept denying the sexual assault. Police say Green tried to sexually assault another robbery victim also & told Green he needs help.

— Lori Fullbright (@LoriFullbright) August 17, 2018

Green cried when he admitted to the shooting, said he believed in God, wanted prayer. Police told him they believe his tears show he has feelings & they appreciated him owning up to his crimes.

— Lori Fullbright (@LoriFullbright) August 17, 2018

A few times during the police interview, Green said to the detective, I know you are trying to help me and the detective responded, no, I am not trying to help you, I am trying to get the truth.

— Lori Fullbright (@LoriFullbright) August 17, 2018

Green couldn’t remember his social security number during the interview and rarely new addresses or last names. He said he didn’t write too well but could read some. He said more than once, he wanted to go to school the next day, but police told him, this case wasn’t going away.

— Lori Fullbright (@LoriFullbright) August 17, 2018

Green asked if he could be sent to a place and mentioned Shadow Mountain. He told detectives he didn’t know if it was something in his head or his dad or a spirit in his mind that makes him do things.

— Lori Fullbright (@LoriFullbright) August 17, 2018

Prosecutors had the jurors listen to 2 of Green's jail phone calls to his family members. In the 1st call in March, Green said his attorney was trying to get him to go to a hospital so he wouldn't have to go to prison. He also said the DA was trying to sentence Green as an adult

— Lori Fullbright (@LoriFullbright) August 17, 2018

Green said he has the "highest DA" in the juvenile bureau. In the 2nd call made in May, Green said, they can't give me life without parole. I'm innocent. I didn't kill anyone. I will take my stuff to trial.

— Lori Fullbright (@LoriFullbright) August 17, 2018

During the 2nd call, Green discussed his case, the confession, whether he understood the detectives' questions, his family's effort to work on his behalf. Prosecutors hope the jury will see how competent Green is about understanding his charges & proceedings against him.

— Lori Fullbright (@LoriFullbright) August 17, 2018

Green's attorney pointed out to the detective who did the interview that Green said he wanted them to call his mom & stop because he was tired. The detective said they would have stopped the interview immediately had Green requested an interview.

— Lori Fullbright (@LoriFullbright) August 17, 2018

Green's attorney pointed out that it seemed Green did not appreciate the seriousness of the situation when he said he wanted to go to school the next day or go home or go to Shadow Mtn. The detective said he thought Green wanted to do those things, but, knew he could not.

— Lori Fullbright (@LoriFullbright) August 17, 2018

Green's attorney pointed out the details Green gave about the crimes was "all over the place" . The detective said he believed that was because those were times when Green was not being honest & forthcoming.

— Lori Fullbright (@LoriFullbright) August 17, 2018

A psychologist from the Vinita Forensic Center testified he evaluated Green for about 75 mins & reviewed numerous documents and he believes Green is competent to stand trial.

— Lori Fullbright (@LoriFullbright) August 17, 2018

Green's attorney pointed out Green has been having school issues & IQ tests since he was 7 yrs old & those tests are always in the high 50's, low 60's, which is the definition of intellectual disability.

— Lori Fullbright (@LoriFullbright) August 17, 2018

Green's attorney pointed out Green has been getting psychiatric treatment the past 9 years & been described 11 diff medications during that time, stimulants, anti psychotic, anti depressants, mood stabilizers & for anxiety.

— Lori Fullbright (@LoriFullbright) August 17, 2018

Both sides are done calling witnesses. The only thing left is jury instructions & closing arguments. I had to come back to anchor the 5pm news. We have a reporter in the courtroom. We'll let you know the jury's decision as soon as we have it.

— Lori Fullbright (@LoriFullbright) August 17, 2018

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