Prosecutor Wants Teen Suspect In Tulsa Shooting Held Without Bond

Monday, August 23rd 2010, 6:30 pm
By: News On 6 

TULSA, OK -- The State of Oklahoma requests a Tulsa teen be held without bond following his involvement in connection with the shooting of a man who lives in Tulsa's Brookside area.

Christian Raber, 17, is charged with five felonies, including shooting with intent to kill and robbery with a firearm.

The State believes Raber is a public safety risk because of "the callous nature of this crime and his inability to follow rules while on probation in a previous case."

Tulsa Police say Ethan Brett Dentlinger of Jenks and Christian Raber of Tulsa admitted to breaking into Wesley Nelson's home. According to police, the teens broke into the house through a sunroom window and were in the process of stealing Nelson's big-screen TV when Nelson came home.

Police say Raber shot Nelson on the top of the head, in his left shoulder, then in his right shoulder and finally between his shoulder blades.

"I was just waiting, wondering how long the pain would go on before I died," said Nelson.

All of that would be bad enough, but Wesley said the shooter wasn't finished yet.

"He started to back out and kept dry firing that gun, over and over and over," Nelson said.

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Raber lived next door to Nelson. Nelson knew Dentlinger and had helped take care of him as a child.