Owasso Man Takes The Stand In Murder Trial

After days of witnesses taking the stand, Manuel Quezada spoke to the jury about what happened on that night in October 2019.

Friday, December 1st 2023, 6:46 pm

By: News On 6


An Owasso man took the stand Friday in his trial for murdering 2 men in 2019.

Video played to the jury shows Manuel Quezada shooting and killing Albert Thomas and DeJon Ross after a fight broke out over his daughter.

Families and other supporters of both Quezada and the cousins who died packed the courtroom on Friday.

Thomas and Ross’ side wants justice, while Quezada’s side is arguing the shooting was in self-defense.

After days of witnesses taking the stand, Manuel Quezada spoke to the jury about what happened on that night in October 2019.

He says his daughter started dating Thomas but went down a bad path while doing so. He testified she was arrested for drugs and prostitution while with Thomas in California.

Quezada testified his daughter came home, but when he and his wife were out to dinner one night, they got a call that Thomas and Ross were at the house to see his daughter.

Quezada told the jury he rushed home, got into a fight with the 2, and during that fight, they cussed at him and slammed his head against the ground.

Quezada says he was in fear for his life, so he pulled a gun out of his pocket and shot them both.

Both Thomas and Ross later died at a hospital.

Prosecutors will get their first shot to ask Quezada questions on Monday.

Quezada is also facing a gang-related offense but told the jury he was affiliated with gangs while living in California in the '90s and had taken part in no such activity after moving to Oklahoma in 1996.

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