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Two Charged in Jackson Murder

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LAWTON Okla_ Two people have been charged in connection to the homicide of Lavonte Jackson.

You'll remember, Jackson was killed on a front porch of a house near 23rd Place and Southwest Evans in early March. Tuesday, the DA filed charges against Dennis Bowling and Lena Ochoa, both 26 years old.

Bowling's charged with 2nd degree murder and Ochoa is charged with being an accomplice to murder after the fact. They were held at the Lawton City Jail before being arraigned Tuesday.

Police said they made contact with both suspects at the 2100 block of NW Lindy in Lawton last Wednesday. They didn't arrest either of them at that point, just took them in for questioning. It was after the questioning that they were taken to jail. Now, Ochoa is talking, but Bowling is not.

During questioning, Ochoa told police she indeed did drive not only Bowling, but two others, to the location where 21-year-old Lavonte Jackson was shot. Bowling, on the other hand requested his right to an attorney.

It seemed the tables turned at Tuesday's arraignment. Ochoa was completely quiet as she walked through the halls. Bowling was not. He talked both on the way in and on the way out. He was also talkative in the courtroom before the judge arrived.

He asked an officer for a drink of water, because he was "nervous to be in the courtroom." It was the first time Bowling had seen friends and family in almost a week. A handful of them were present Tuesday, including his ex-girlfriend.

"That's my son's father," Melynda Garcia-Alvarez said. "I'm going to do everything that I have to do. I'll get an attorney or something, because I know he didn't do this. Dennis Bowling is not the man who could do something like this to somebody. He didn't do it."

Witnesses from that night say otherwise, though. In fact, police say someone has directly identified Bowling as the shooter. Tuesday, both Bowling and Ochoa were set to be arraigned in the same place at the same time, but after being brought to the judge's courtroom separately, Ochoa was called out. We aren't sure why.

Bowling was arraigned in the courtroom, while Ochoa was arraigned in the judge's chamber. Bowling was charged with 2nd degree murder, meaning it was not premeditated. He's being held on $250,000 bond. Ochoa's bond was set at $50,000. They are both scheduled to appear in court again in July.

 

 

 

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