Accused teen murderer charged in Canadian County Jail fire

Inmate faces first-degree arson charge after alleged assaults

Javier Devonte Lewis

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

EL RENO – An accused teen murderer continues to be a “problem inmate” after allegedly setting a fire inside the Canadian County Jail.

Javier Devonte Lewis, 19, was charged April 7 with first-degree arson in Canadian County District Court. The felony crime is punishable by up to 35 years in prison and/or a maximum $25,000 fine.

Lewis was formally charged in connection with a fire on Sunday afternoon, March 27 at the Canadian County Jail, 304 N Evans.

Prosecutors allege Lewis violated state law by “willfully and maliciously setting fire to the Canadian County Jail and contents thereof when it was occupied by numerous other people.”

Lewis, of Moore, has been housed at the jail since being booked in April 2021 on first-degree murder and several other felony complaints.

Canadian County Jail detention officers had allegedly found smoke in Lewis’ cell after a fire alarm sounded at the detention center.

The El Reno Fire Department responded about 5 p.m. March 27 to extinguish the jail fire.

No inmates were hurt although one detention officer reportedly was treated for smoke inhalation.

This marks the fourth time Lewis has been charged since being booked into the Canadian County Jail.

The inmate also faces three assault and battery charges for attacks on fellow jail occupants reported May 11 and Sept. 6, 2021, and Feb. 14 this year.

The defendant already was facing the death penalty or life in prison for allegedly killing a woman in south Yukon.



Lewis was first charged May 4, 2021, in Canadian County District Court with first-degree murder (deliberate intent), shooting with intent to kill, pattern of criminal offenses, and endangering others while eluding/attempting to elude police officer.

He is accused of killing Emilia Koteen, 36, outside a home south of Interstate 40 near Yukon.

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

Oklahoma City Police responded at 12:43 a.m. April 19, 2021, to the shooting in the 12000 block of S.W. 15th Terrace.

Lewis has allegedly shot and killed Koteen in her driveway after firing shots at another family member.

Investigators claim Lewis led police on a high-speed chase through Oklahoma City neighborhoods after committing the murder and assault.

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

Canadian County Special Judge Khristan Strubhar previously found probable cause that Lewis committed the crimes.

A jury trial is due to start June 6 before District Judge Jack D. McCurdy II. A motion hearing is set April 21.