Okmulgee teen can be tried as adult for killing girlfriend

Thursday, March 10th 2005, 9:26 am
By: News On 6

HENRYETTA, Okla. (AP) -- A state court says a 17-year-old can be tried as an adult in the shooting death of his 16-year-old pregnant girlfriend.

The state Court of Criminal Appeals says Cody James can be tried in Okmulgee County as an adult for first-degree murder, but should be charged as a juvenile on three other charges.

James is accused of killing Rebecca Lynn Johnson in Henryetta in July. Johnson was shot once in the chest as she sat in a pickup truck with her sister-in-law.

He's also charged with assault with intent to kill for threatening Johnson's father, sister-in-law and another woman.