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October 18, 2012

Shooting suspect to stand trial

TULSA — A judge on Wednesday ordered a man to stand trial for allegedly opening fire in a crowded Tulsa plaza earlier this year and wounding a sheriff’s deputy and a bystander.

A jury found Andrew Dennehy mentally competent to stand trial on shooting with the intent to kill and firearms charges. His parents say he’s paranoid schizophrenic and his attorney says Dennehy is plagued by bizarre thoughts and delusions, but prosecutors say he is bluffing and understands the charges against him.

Dennehy, 24, was shackled and wearing a prison jumpsuit at Wednesday’s hearing.

Prosecutors say Dennehy wandered barefoot into the plaza between the Tulsa County courthouse and Tulsa Central Library on the afternoon of March 7 and fired a handgun into the air, sending people fleeing in panic.

On Wednesday, three sheriff’s deputies who responded to the call of shots fired described the chaotic scene when they first approached Dennehy, who they say did not respond to their commands to lay down his weapon.

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