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Tulsa family prefers murder to hate charges

TULSA, Okla. (AP) -- Leaders in north Tulsa's black community called Tuesday for a hate crimes prosecution in the Easter weekend shooting spree that left three dead.

But some residents and the family of one victim said they are more concerned about seeing the shooters successfully prosecuted for murder, and they want the death penalty.

A first conviction under Oklahoma's hate crime law carries only up to a year in jail.

Oklahoma County prosecutor Scott Rowland said the law is typically used to add time in low-level misdemeanor cases and could make a murder case unnecessarily complicated.

Alvin Watts, 33, was arrested Sunday on suspicion of first-degree murder and other charges. Police said he and Jake England, 19, have confessed to shooting five people, three fatally.

All the victims were black. While police have described the two suspects as white, a family friend said England was Cherokee Indian.

Police said England may have been seeking vengeance for his father's fatal shooting by a black man two years ago.

"I think they should go for murder," said Deatrah Fields, whose aunt Dannaer Fields was killed.


Boy, 6, is pulled into wood chipper, dies

SALEM, Conn. (AP) -- A 6-year-old boy helping his father on a landscaping job during school vacation was killed Tuesday after getting pulled into a wood chipper, state police said.

Jeffrey Bourgeois was putting a branch in the chipper at about 8:45 a.m. when it yanked him into the machine after his father momentarily turned his back, said Lt. J. Paul Vance, a state police spokesman.

Vance said the accident was so terrible that grief counselors were called to the scene.

Jeffrey and his two older siblings were with their father, Scott Bourgeois.

Jeffrey was a first-grader at Salem Elementary School.