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February 8, 2008

Defendant testifies in murder trial

By Tom Blakey

Transcript Staff Writer

Aaron Rains Prado, on trial for first-degree murder, took the stand in his own defense Friday, and admitted shooting Andrew “Drew” Supernaw several times with an AK-47 assault rifle.

“I was worried about my brother,” Prado said, claiming Supernaw was standing over Ryan Prado with “something in his hand.”

“I figured he had a gun,” he said. “I don’t know what it was, it happened so fast.”

Prado, 23, of Shawnee, is charged in the June 4, 2006, shooting death of Supernaw, 27. The trial will resume 9 a.m. Monday in the courtroom of District Judge Bill Hetherington, with instructions, closing arguments and jury deliberations.

Prado testified he, his brother and Brian Ponkilla had driven in Prado’s red Honda Accord from Shawnee to Oklahoma City and then to Norman to attend a “49 party” attended by several hundred Native Americans. Arriving around 2:30 a.m., Prado said he parked the car and “went to where the drum was and visited with people around there,” walking back and forth to the Honda about four different times. The trunk of the Honda was left open so Prado and friends could have access to an ice chest containing a couple cases of beer, he said. Prado said he consumed about five beers at the party.

Meanwhile, a group of friends from Anadarko, in a black Ford Expedition, arrived at the party around 3:30 p.m. They saw Supernaw and others in a white Monte Carlo, and parked behind the rental vehicle, according to previous court testimony.

A distance of about 200 feet separated the Honda and the Expedition, prosecutors said. Prado said a couple vehicles were parked between the Honda and the Expedition.

“I walked by (the Expedition) before, but I didn’t pay them any attention. I didn’t know them,” he said.

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