The Norman Transcript

July 16, 2013

2 more charged with robbery with a weapon in Norman

By Jessica Bruha
The Norman Transcript

NORMAN — Two more people were charged Monday in Cleveland County District Court for a robbery that occurred in January during which a Norman man was shot.

Andrew Scott Kembel, 24, and Marquiloh Donte Williams, 20, both of Norman, were charged with robbery with a weapon, shooting with intent to kill and first-degree burglary in concert with James Lehman.

Lehman, 19, was charged in April for assault and battery with a deadly weapon and conjoint robbery with Kembel and Williams. He bonded out of jail on a $200,000 bond the same day he was charged.

The three allegedly robbed, burglarized and shot Phillip Thomas Wren at his northwest Norman home Jan. 25.

According to affidavits filed with the charges, Williams told detectives he met up with Kembel and Lehman before the incident. The two offered to pay him to knock on Wren’s door and call them once he was inside the residence.

When Williams knocked on the door, he told Wren his vehicle had broken down and asked to use his phone to call a friend. He called Lehman’s cell phone using Wren’s phone and told him he was inside the house. The call was later discovered to be the cue for Lehman and Kembel to advance on the house, the affidavit said.

After the phone call, Wren offered to help Williams push the vehicle to the side of the road. As they were pushing the vehicle, Lehman and Kembel approached Wren in ski masks, brandishing a handgun and a rifle, the affidavit said.

They pointed their guns at him and ordered him back to his residence. As they were walking back, Lehman hit Wren on the chin with the handgun, leaving a gash, the affidavit said. Wren said Williams then joined the other two in escorting him to his residence.

When Wren entered his home, he tried to shut his front door and lock it to keep Lehman and Kembel out, but they forced their way in. When they entered, Lehman began shooting at him with his rifle, the affidavit states.

Wren was shot in the lower back area of his torso and his right shoulder. He was treated at OU Medical Center.

After Lehman shot him, all three walked through the residence, and Kembel took Wren’s laptop, a backpack, a pair of shoes and a gym bag, according to an affidavit.

When Lehman was later interviewed in April, he admitted to entering Wren’s home and shooting him with a rifle during the robbery. Kembel, on the other hand, only admitted to driving Lehman to and from the residence.

The affidavit states Kembel claimed he never entered the home. At the conclusion of his interview, he said he was “withholding information regarding his involvement in the incident due to personal reasons.”

In an interview with detectives March 29, Williams said he did not know Kembel and Lehman were going to rob or shoot Wren. He also claimed he stayed outside while the other two forced their way into the home and he heard a series of gunshots once they were inside, the affidavit said.

When he entered the residence, he saw Wren laying on the ground with gunshot wounds. He ran from the residence shortly after, Williams told detectives.

Kembel has previously been convicted of or pled guilty to five other felony charges, all drug related.

Williams also had felony charges filed against him, including knowingly concealing stolen property and obstructing an officer in 2011.

Jessica Bruha

366-3540

jbruha@normantranscript.com