TULSA, Okla. —
“You’re going to see those motions to quash for every defendant,” Drummond said. “The issue was raised at the preliminary hearing, we argued it and a judge thought it was proper and we’ve moved on from there.
“(Watts’ attorneys) have to do this to keep their record for an appeal,” he said.
Watts’ motion will be among several argued at a Feb. 25 hearing. His attorneys have also filed a motion seeking to have him tried separately from England.
At last year’s preliminary hearing, England’s uncle testified that England and Watts treated the mass shootings as a contest. Timothy Hoey testified Watts told him a day after the killings that Watts and England each shot two people and England shot the fifth victim “that would break the tie,” Hoey said.
Hoey also testified that the day after the shootings, England used racial slurs to describe the people who were shot.
Authorities have said England may have targeted black people because he wanted to avenge the death of his father, who was shot by a black man in 2010. But England, who describes himself as Cherokee Indian, has said he has no ill will toward black people.