Judge finds probable cause in Yukon murder case

Moore teen bound over for trial at preliminary hearing

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By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – A judge has found probable cause that a Moore teen committed several felony offenses in April during a fatal shooting in south Yukon and subsequent high-speed pursuit.

Javier Devonte Lewis, 18, faces the death penalty, life in prison or life in prison without parole if convicted of first-degree murder with deliberate intent in Canadian County District Court.

Prosecutors in April charged Lewis with felony murder and three other counts – shooting with intent to kill, pattern of criminal offenses and endangering others while eluding/attempting to elude police officers.

Canadian County Special Judge Khristan Strubhar, at an Oct. 22nd preliminary hearing, found probable cause these crimes were committed and that the defendant committed them.

Lewis is accused of killing Emilia Koteen, 36, at a home in the 12000 block of S.W. 15th Terrace.

Oklahoma City Police investigated the incident.

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

Assistant district attorneys John Salmon and Eric Epplin presented exhibits and witnesses who gave testimony at the Oct. 22nd court hearing.

Lewis, who was represented in court by attorney J.P. Hill, was bound over for trial. District court arraignment was set 9 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 18 before District Judge Jack D. McCurdy.

The defendant is being held without bond at the Canadian County Jail, where he was booked at 8:17 a.m. April 19.

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Oklahoma City Police responded at 12:43 a.m. April 19 to the shooting on S.W. 15th Terrace.

Officers arriving at the scene found a deceased woman, 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 a second female victim “without justifiable or excusable cause” by shooting her with the gun intending to cause bodily harm.

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

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

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 in Oklahoma City 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.

Lewis also faces an assault and battery charge filed June 2 in a separate case investigated by the Canadian County Sheriff’s Office.

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