Local & Regional
Wed August 22, 2012
Jury Seated in Tulsa Murder-for-Hire Trial
TULSA, Okla. (AP) — A jury has been seated in the trial of a man accused of fatally shooting a Tulsa businessman in a murder-for-hire plot.
Opening statements and testimony were scheduled to begin Tuesday in the trial of Terrico Bethel, who is charged with first-degree murder and conspiracy to commit murder in the killing of Neal Sweeney.
Prosecutors allege Bethel shot Sweeney at Sweeney's business, Retail Fuels Marketing, on Sept. 4, 2008. The 63-year-old died the next day.
Two others charged in the case, Fred Shields Jr., and Alonzo C. Johnson, are both docketed for separate trials next month.
Mohammed Aziz also was charged in the case and has pleaded guilty to soliciting the murder.