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2 suspects shown as confessing to spree; Tulsa police report cited in 3 killings

Tulsa police documents say the two suspects arrested in a shooting spree that terrorized the city's black community have both confessed.

The documents given to the Associated Press on Monday say that Jacob England, 19, confessed to shooting three people and that Alvin Watts, 32, confessed to shooting two.

The shootings early Friday morning left three people dead and two seriously wounded. It's not clear from the affidavit which man shot which victim, but the document says police believe Watts shot two of the three people who died.

All the victims of the shooting spree were black, police said, and the suspects are white.

Police have said one motive for the shootings may have been England's desire to revenge his father's fatal shooting by a black man two years ago.

Carl England, whose son is accused in the weekend shooting spree, was fatally shot in 2010 by a man who had threatened his daughter and tried to kick in the door of her home.

The man was black, and police said England's son may have been seeking vengeance when he and his roommate shot five black people last week.

Also Monday, the two suspects appeared in court to have their bond set at $9.16 million apiece. Authorities have said they expect to charge the pair with three counts of first-degree murder and other crimes.

Family and friends said Carl England's death sent his son into a downward spiral. Thursday, Jacob England apparently wrote a Facebook post marking the second anniversary of his father's death and lamented that "it's hard not to go off."

In 2010, Carl England had responded to his daughter's call for help and with her boyfriend tracked down the man who tried to break in. A fight broke out, and the man took out a gun and fired at England.

The man who pulled the trigger, Pernell Jefferson, was not charged with homicide because an investigation determined that he acted in self-defense.

Jefferson was charged with attempted burglary and a weapons violation and had his probation revoked in an unrelated weapons case for which he is serving a six-year sentence. He is scheduled to be tried in May on the burglary charge.

According to an affidavit, Jefferson tried to kick in the door of the apartment England's daughter shared with her boyfriend after the boyfriend hit him with a baseball bat during an earlier confrontation at the couple's home.

When Carl England and the boyfriend found Jefferson, Jefferson came at England, who hit Jefferson with a stick. Jefferson fell to the ground, pulled out a handgun and fatally shot the elder England.

Jefferson fled but was arrested after seeking treatment for his injuries at a hospital.

Watts' brother, Gene, told the Tulsa World that Watts moved in with England soon after his father died to help him rebuild his life and deal with his anger.

Alicia Houston, who lives near the roommates, told the newspaper that she has known England since he was a child and "from the time his father died, that boy has been somebody else." She said England needed therapy "from the beginning" but didn't receive it. He was taking medication for depression, she said.

The January suicide of England's fiancee, only months after she gave birth to their son, made matters worse.

All of those killed in the spree were apparently random targets who were shot while walking around.

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