Judge: Oklahoma teen to be tried as adult in fatal shooting

August 19, 2019 GMT

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — A judge has ruled that a 14-year-old accused of killing a man during a burglary earlier this year will be prosecuted as an adult.

Police said Christopher Joseph Guidry admitted to fatally shooting George Phillip Olinger and taking his wallet in February in Olinger’s Oklahoma City home. He is charged with first-degree murder, first-degree burglary and conspiracy to commit a felony.

Oklahoma County Special Judge Mark McCormick on Friday denied motions to certify Guidry as a juvenile or youthful offender after considering sworn testimony, a psychological evaluation and certification study.


“Having considered the facts of this case and all applicable statutory law, the Court finds by clear and convincing evidence that there is good cause to believe that Defendant could reasonably complete a plan of rehabilitation but that the public would not be adequately protected if the person were to be sentenced as a youthful offender,” the order stated.

People convicted as juveniles are released on their 19th birthday, regardless of whether they complete a juvenile treatment plan.

Along with Guidry, Koby William Leblanc, 18, is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree burglary. Another defendant, 15, faces murder and burglary charges. In June, the judge denied motions to certify Leblanc as a juvenile or youthful offender.

A detective testified that the boy was identified by a school resource officer as a member of the Lawless 27 gang, The Oklahoman reported. School records presented by prosecutors showed several suspensions and disciplinary actions taken for fighting, tardiness, drug use, and disrespect shown to teachers, according to the judge’s order.