Tulsa teens will stand trial for trucker's murder

By Greg Grisolano, Land Line staff writer | 9/26/2013

A trio of Tulsa teenagers accused of murdering a truck driver in March have been bound over for trial.

The teens, Jermaine Savory, Frankie Jackson Jr., and Damian Anderson are all charged with first-degree felony murder and attempted armed robbery following a botched stickup that left truck driver Robert Horton dead.

Horton, 53, of Arlington, Texas, was shot and killed at around 6 a.m. on Saturday, March 23 as he and his driving partner were delivering food products to a Papa John’s pizza franchise at 2802 E. 11th St.

Horton was shot outside the business as he was unloading some of the freight, while his driving partner remained in the trailer. It was previously reported that Horton’s partner was inside the store when the shooting occurred.

The suspects are alleged to have waited outside in an SUV, which was parked nearby behind a wooden fence. At least two suspects got out and lost Horton temporarily when he went into the building. They drove off but came back when they saw Horton come outside.

At least two suspects got out of the vehicle and approached Horton while he was an estimated 30 feet from the trailer, on the other side of the building.

A stolen 9 mm handgun is believed to be the murder weapon. On Thursday, prosecutors filed a notice to introduce evidence that the suspects stole the murder weapon along with six other firearms, some electronics and $60 cash from a residence in the 9100 block of East 3rd Place in Tulsa, on or around March 14 to March 15. According to the filing, police found five guns at Savory’s apartment after the murder, which matched the description of some of the weapons which were stolen in the burglary.

Felony murder occurs when someone is killed during the commission of a felony, such as robbery. If convicted of the charges, the suspects face a maximum penalty of life without parole.

All three defendants remain in the Tulsa Jail. The next scheduled court date is Sept. 30.

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