District attorney agrees to try 15-year-old accused of murder as youthful offender
RIPLEY, Okla. – A 15-year-old Oklahoma girl accused in the murder of her mother’s boyfriend will be tried as a youthful offender.
Earlier this year, Makayla Brown, then 14, shot and killed 45-year-old Mario Smith Sr. inside of his Ripley, Okla. home.
Smith was found lying face down on his kitchen floor in a pool of blood.
Officials say the girl knew the man because he’d been in a relationship with her mother.
Court records show Makayla Brown and her mother were at Smith’s home with several friends the night of April 19th.
One woman told investigators she saw Brown shoot Smith once in the head.
She said she thought it might be “because a month earlier, Mario had pistol whipped Makayla’s mother in the head.”
Smith has been in his own trouble before.
He’s a convicted felon who had been arrested on a slew of charges for drugs, racketeering, assault and battery, and concealing stolen property.
He was due in court the very next morning after he was killed.
The district attorney originally charged Brown as an adult.
However, this week, Brown’s legal counsel reached an agreement with the district attorney to try the girl as a youthful offender, the Stillwater News Press reports.
Her trial court arraignment is scheduled for Dec. 7.