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July 20, 2012

Fowler found guilty of murder in Arrowhead Mall shootings

MUSKOGEE — Muskogee County’s top prosecutor said Dondray Fowler’s guilty verdict closed the book on one of the darkest days in Muskogee history.

District Attorney Larry Moore said Fowler received an appropriate show of justice for the fatal Arrowhead Mall shooting.
“We wanted acknowledgment that you are not going to take guns into our malls and walk out and not have anything happen,” Moore said. “This is what happens.”
Fowler, 21, was found guilty Friday of one count of first-degree murder and four counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon for the April 10, 2010 shooting. 
Fowler’s defense attorneys declined comment but said they were planning to file an appeal within the 10-day window.
Fowler smiled and stroked his jaw as bailiff Debbie Whittaker read the jurors’ recommended sentence of life with the possibility of parole.
Formal sentencing for Fowler was scheduled for 1:30 p.m. Oct. 3. 
A life sentence in Oklahoma is 45 years. Fowler’s first-degree murder conviction falls under the state’s 85 percent statute, so Fowler won’t be eligible for parole until at least 2051. 
Fowler received recommended sentences of 30 years for each count of assault and battery with a deadly weapon.
Moore spent the better part of two weeks telling jurors Fowler shot 17-year-old Jarrod Reed intentionally, killing him and injuring Dorion Martin, Pico Reed, Walker Stewart, Madison Latta and Kandis Gross. The shooting took place as residents and visitors reveled in the Azalea Festival and Chili Cook-Off.
During Moore’s closing argument, he displayed mall surveillance images of the seconds before and after the shooting. The images were captured at intervals of just under two seconds.
A group can be seen gathering as the two groups threw gang signs at each other, Moore said. Suddenly, the assembled crowd begins to run, and in a matter of seconds, the picture is mostly clear of bystanders.

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