Signatures gathered for renewed look into downtown Tulsa death

Monday, September 27th 2004, 7:10 am
By: News On 6

A Tulsa mother says she hasn't had time to truly grieve the death of her son. She’s been too busy fighting for justice.

Shawn Howard died after a fight with a homeless man outside his downtown tavern in June. District Attorney Tim Harris says Terry Badgwell was acting in self-defense when he allegedly beat Howard to death.

According to an eyewitness. Howard took the first swing, then Badgwell allegedly picked up a metal pipe and struck Howard repeatedly.

Howard’s family members have gathered nearly 10,000 signatures from residents who agree the case warrants a second look. Mark Collier, Howard Family Attorney: "This is the type of case that needs to go to a grand jury. I believe the facts support a finding of first degree murder against the individual who did this.”

Collier says the Howard family will take their petition to the County Election Board.

It will have seven days to validate the signatures, and then a judge will decide whether to convene a 12-member grand jury to look into the case.