Oklahoma Watches and Warnings

Murder suspect accused of killing one woman, wounding two officers, will head to trial

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OKLAHOMA CITY - A metro man accused of wounding two police officers and killing a woman following a shootout at a local hotel will go to trial.

The shooting happened at the Plaza Inn along I-35 last October.

Mumbling a few words, Shane Rhea refuses to talk about his role in the deadly shooting.

A 911 call sparked the chaotic gun battle after three officers showed up to the hotel. Sgt. Grant Brooks and Sgt. Cody KIoelsch both got injured by the barrage of bullets.

Both officers testified in court that Rhea pulled the trigger. Randall Williams, who remains confined to a wheelchair, also testified against Rhea.

After court, Williams said the testimony took an emotional toll.

Sadly, amidst the gunfire, prosecutors say Rhea used Samantha Monden as a human shield and tried to escape down the interstate.

Rhea then allegedly executed Monden in the middle of the street before police could return fire, shooting and wounding Rhea.

Late in the day, the judge ruled there is enough evidence to send the case to trial.

Prosecutors say they're strongly considering seeking the death penalty in the case.


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