Blind plea due in Yukon murder case

Matthews waives right to arraignment; next hearing July 21

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Patrick Allen Matthews

By Conrad Dudderar
Staff Writer

A Yukon man charged with shooting to death one roommate and injuring a second roommate is expected to enter a blind plea in the case.

Patrick Allen Matthews, 25, is charged in Canadian County District Court with first-degree murder and assault with a deadly weapon stemming from a fatal shooting in December 2020 at a home near Britton and Mustang roads.

Prosecutors allege Matthews used a firearm to shoot to death Alfredo Vera, 24; and injure Jhonnatan Gonzalez-Leal, 34.

The case will be set for a hearing so Matthews can enter a blind plea, according to a June 15th court order signed by District Judge Jack D. McCurdy II and attorneys for the prosecution and defense.

A blind plea is a guilty plea without a set sentence; it is different from a plea bargain.

In standard plea bargains, the defense attorney and the prosecuting attorney agree on a guilty plea for the accused, and, in exchange, the prosecuting attorney recommends a lighter sentence.

The case has been continued until July 21 for further negotiations by agreement of both parties and at the defendant’s request.

The first-degree murder charge is punishable by death, life in prison or life without parole.

The assault and battery with a deadly weapon charge is punishable by up to life in prison.

Matthews has waived his right to district court arraignment within 30 days. He previously waived his right to a preliminary hearing.

Canadian County Assistant District Attorney John Salmon is prosecuting the case.

Attorney David J. Ogle of Oklahoma City represents Matthews.

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HOW IT ALLEGEDLY HAPPENED

Oklahoma City Police responded at 6:24 p.m. Dec. 19, 2020, after a 911 caller reported gunshots in the 9700 block of High Noon Road north of Yukon.

When officers arrived on scene, Matthews picked up a pistol in the front lawn and shot himself, according to a probable cause affidavit signed by police investigator Jonathon Davis.

Officers discovered two other men inside the home who had been shot.

Gonzalez-Leal suffered a gunshot wound to the chest.

“Leal told officers he and his roommate (Patrick Matthews) had used LSD and were watching a movie when the roommate became mad for no reason and shot him,” according to the affidavit.

The other roommate, Vera, was found dead inside the home with a gunshot wound to the head.

Vera and his girlfriend had been inside a bedroom when they heard a loud bang and went to help Gonzalez-Leal after finding him bleeding from the chest.

The girlfriend then heard a second shot and Vera immediately fell to the ground next to her.

“Patrick walked to the kitchen and began throwing and breaking various items, so the witness was able to grab the gun and call 911 herself,” according to Det. Davis’ affidavit.

When officers arrived on scene, Vera’s girlfriend ran from the home seeking their help. Fearing she may be shot while running from the house with a gun, she had placed the pistol on the ground in the front lawn before approaching officers.

This witness told police Matthews had shot both victims. She also confirmed Gonzalez-Leal and Matthews had “acid” in the living room of the home earlier that day.

Matthews was taken to a local hospital in critical but stable condition for treatment of his self-inflicted gunshot wound. He was booked into the Canadian County Jail after recovering several weeks later.

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