By Conrad Dudderar
A Yukon-area man charged with shooting to death a convenience store clerk has waived his right to a preliminary hearing.
District court arraignment for George Lorenz Way, 22, is set Feb. 17, 2022, before Canadian County District Judge Jack McCurdy.
Way faces the death penalty or life in prison after being formally charged in September 2020 with first-degree murder and robbery with a weapon in Canadian County District Court.
The defendant waived his right to the court hearing Dec. 1 before Special Judge Khristan K. Strubhar. He appeared in the courtroom with his attorney, Kent Bridge.
After hearing testimony, Judge Strubhar accepted the waiver and set the district court arraignment date.
Way is being held without bond at the Canadian County Jail, where he was booked Sept. 3, 2020, after being arrested in the shooting death of Laura Taylor, 30.
Way lived at an apartment complex in the 11500 block of S.W. 15th near the store where Taylor died.
The victim was working at 7-Eleven, 1601 S. Mustang Road, about 2 a.m. Sept. 3 when she was shot and killed in the parking lot of the store.
The charge against Way states that Way used a 9 mm Taurus handgun to shoot Taylor multiple times, causing Taylor to suffer “certain mortal wounds from which mortal wounds Laura Taylor did languish and die.”
The charge states that Way had used the gun to rob money from the store where Taylor was working.
Oklahoma City Police said Taylor followed Way outside as Way fled on foot.
JAIL INMATE ASSAULT CASE
Meanwhile, the defendant was charged Nov. 4 with aggravated assault and battery in a separate case investigated by the Canadian County Sheriff’s Department.
The alleged offense occurred Sept. 6 at the Canadian County Jail.
Prosecutors allege Way and another first-degree murder defendant, Javier Devonte Lewis, struck a third inmate “with force and violence” causing injuries including a compression fracture of the thoracic vertebra.
The crime is punishable by up to five years in state prison or one year in the county jail.
Way is due to be arraigned in that felony case Feb. 17 along with the murder and robbery charges.