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Crime/Courts

February 15, 2013

Murder suspect arraigned

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NORMAN —

During Allen’s interview, Hopkins said when Allen fled the scene, Allen said he went to a Norman motel, picked up two individuals and drove to Oklahoma City. At some point in Oklahoma City, Allen demanded money from a lady in a driveway with the gun he was carrying. However, he wasn’t able to get any money from her.

Hopkins said Allen admitted in the interview that he was trying to get money to flee the state.

Allen then said he saw a cop car and took off in the truck again, which is when a police pursuit in Oklahoma City began, Hopkins said. The police were responding to an armed robbery.

Hopkins said during the pursuit, Allen said he got out of the truck he had been driving and walked to a family member’s residence, where he fell asleep.

The pursuit continued without Allen when one of the other individuals he was with took over driving. When the pursuit was stopped, Oklahoma City police identified the truck as the same one that had fled the scene from the homicide earlier that day in Norman.

Hopkins said the same weapon used in the murder was found in the truck and was consistent with shot casings found at the scene. The detective said Allen told him it was a friend’s gun.

Oklahoma City police later learned Allen’s location and took him into custody, then Norman police transported him to the Norman Police Department.

Hopkins said during the interview, Allen described in great detail the route he had taken when fleeing to Oklahoma City and recalled which streets and exits he took.

Allen had been on probation for three months when he allegedly shot and killed Benavidez. He was convicted of several misdemeanor charges of driving while under suspension, as well as a felony charge of second-degree burglary and knowingly concealing stolen property.

“What gets me more than the charge itself is the matter of months it took you to commit another crime,” Judge Walkley said during his formal arraignment Thursday.

Walkley set a conference status for Allen, which will be 1:45 p.m. May 8 at the Cleveland County Courthouse.

Jessica Bruha

366-3540

jbruha@normantranscript.com

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