Judge denies bail in south Yukon murder case

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Javier Devonte Lewis

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – A Canadian County judge denied bail for a Moore teen who faces the death penalty in a south Yukon homicide.

Javier Devonte Lewis, 18, was formally charged May 4 in Canadian County District Court with first-degree murder/deliberate intent, assault/battery with a dangerous weapon, pattern of criminal offenses, and endangering others while eluding a police officer.

Lewis is being held without bond at the Canadian County Jail in connection with the April 19th shooting death of Emilia Koteen, 36, at a home in the 12000 block of S.W. 15th Terrace in Yukon.

The defendant appeared May 4 at an initial arraignment before Special Judge Khristan K. Strubhar, who denied bail after Lewis had requested a bail hearing as soon as possible.

“Before the hearing began, (he) announced he did not want to proceed with his bail hearing until his attorney was present,” according to the court minute. “He stated he does not know whether he is hiring a private attorney or will apply for a court-appointed attorney.”

A preliminary hearing for Lewis was set 9 a.m. May 26 before Judge Strubhar.

Oklahoma City Police investigated the case.

Canadian County prosecutors allege Lewis caused Koteen’s death “with malice aforethought” by shooting her in the head with a handgun.

The defendant faces death, life in prison or life in prison without parole if convicted of first-degree murder.

HOW IT HAPPENED

Oklahoma City Police responded at 12:43 a.m. April 19 to the shooting.

Officers arriving at the scene found the deceased shooting victim, later identified as Koteen, who was shot and killed in her driveway after Lewis allegedly fired shots at another family member.

The victim apparently was shot to death when she went outside after hearing the gunfire, according to Oklahoma City Police MSgt. Gary Knight.

Lewis has been charged with assaulting the second female victim “without justifiable or excusable cause” by shooting her with the gun intending to cause body harm, according to court documents.

Prosecutors allege Lewis immediately fled to Oklahoma County after committing the murder and assault, “willfully eluding” police officer Simeon Alibrando.

Lewis accelerated while driving a 2014 Hyundai Accent “away from pursuing Oklahoma City Police Department vehicles … in excess of 80 miles per hour on neighborhood streets endangering numerous other persons” near I-240 and May, court documents read.

While trying to evade capture, the defendant allegedly rammed a police car with his vehicle.

Lewis was stopped and arrested near S.W. 44th and Western before being booked into jail.

The assault and battery charge is punishable by up to 10 years in state prison or one year in the county jail.

The pattern of criminal offenses charge carries of maximum penalty of two years in state prison or one year in the county jail, and a $25,000 fine.

The eluding a police officer charge is punishable by one to five years in prison and/or a $1,000-$5,000 fine.

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