Suspect in alleged road rage murder will head to trial
OKLAHOMA CITY – A 57-year-old Oklahoma City man accused of murder will head to trial following a deadly case of road rage.
The killing happened last year in the parking lot of the Super Target store near Penn and Memorial.
David Blaubaum is charged with murder.
After a preliminary hearing, the judge ruled there is enough evidence to send the case to trial.
The victim, 29-year-old Jasen Yousif, was gunned down last Sept.
Prosecutors said “road rage” may have been the motive for the shooting.
Prosecutors called several witnesses who identified Blaubaum as the trigger man.
In court, prosecutors also played a surveillance video that showed the deadly incident.
Yousif allegedly approached Blaubaum with a knife.
Blaubaum is accused of firing five shots, hitting Yousif twice in the chest and then three times in the back.
During the court hearing, Yousif’s family repeatedly burst into shots of anger at Blaubaum.
“You’re a murderer. I hope you fry. I hope you fry in hell,” one family member yelled at Blaubaum.
“If they would let me, I’d beat the crap out of him,” the victim’s mother, Annie Yousif, said. “He will get what he deserves. He took my son for no reason whatsoever.”
In the end, District Attorney David Prater and the defense will ask a jury to decide if Blaubaum acted in self defense.
“Here you’ve got a case of a younger man coming at the older man armed with a knife,” defense attorney David Bedford said.
“The defendant basically baits him to the car, rolls down the window and shoots him,” Prater said. “I say that’s murder.”