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March 6, 2014

16-year-old faces first-degree murder charge; judge rules probable cause to pursue case

NORMAN — Cleveland County Special Judge Steve Stice ruled there was probable cause and bound an Oklahoma City teen over for trial on a murder charge after a preliminary hearing Wednesday.

Brajuan Troynell Napoleon, 16, was charged with first-degree murder in October after he allegedly shot and killed 17-year-old Alex Matlock at a party in Moore.

Much of the small courtroom was filled by Napoleon’s family members Wednesday, but his mother was sequestered before the first witness was called to the stand.

Attorneys and the judge decided that since the mother could be called to testify if the case went to trial, it was best that she not be present to hear other witness’ testimony. Napoleon’s mother contacted police after she heard her son was involved in the death, court records show.

A 16-year-old female, who said she was close friends with Matlock, was the only one to testify Wednesday. She and another friend were with Matlock the night of the incident, reports indicate.

The teen estimated that around 30 people were at the party that night and alcohol and marijuana were present. While both Matlock and her other friend were drinking, she said she did not see them smoke marijuana. Since she was four months pregnant at the time, she said she did not drink or smoke.

The teen testified she was near the radio in the living room when a group of 10 to 12 people walked in and the person who lived there got mad because he didn’t know any of them, the teen said. Napoleon was in the large group.

The owner already was agitated and trying to get people to leave, but after the group walked in, he started trying to kick everyone out, she said.

While she and her friends were standing outside, she heard one of her friends say to Napoleon, “If you’re going to talk smack, step out into the street.” At that point, Napoleon and about four of his friends stepped toward the street and she remembered Matlock telling their friend, “I got your back, bro.”

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