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Prosecutors to seek death penalty in Tulsa shooting spree

By CNN Staff
January 5, 2013 -- Updated 1715 GMT (0115 HKT)
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Prosecutors to seek death for defendants in Tulsa shooting spree
  • Jacob Carl England and Alvin Lee Watts killed three, wounded two in April 6 shooting, authorities say
  • Victims were African-American

(CNN) -- Oklahoma prosecutors said Friday they will seek the death penalty for two men accused of killing three African-Americans during an April 6 shooting spree.

Jacob Carl England and Alvin Lee Watts are accused of three counts of first-degree murder each in the killings of three people in north Tulsa. Two other shooting victims survived, prosecutors said.

In addition to the murder charges, England and Lee are charged with shooting to intent to kill and malicious harassment -- the equivalent of a hate crime charge.

All the shooting victims were African-American. Police have identified Watts and England as white.

An entry on England's Facebook page the day before the shootings noted it was the second anniversary of his father's death and blamed an African-American man. The entry also mentioned the recent suicide of his girlfriend.

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