Two Face Multiple Charges In June 22 Assault

DA Grubb Wants State Hate Crime Law Strengthened

 

District Attorney Allan Grubb is pleading with lawmakers to toughen the state's "hate crime" statute as he kicks off prosecution of a violent assault June 22 at a Shawnee nightspot.

Grubb held a press conference Monday to announce that Brandon Killian, 28, of Nichols Hills, and Devan Johnson, 24, of Harrah, have been charged with aggravated assault and battery after what he termed "a vicious, racist attack" at the BrickTown Saloon on Bell Street in downtown Shawnee.

The victim was Jarric DeShawn Carolina, 36, who according to the charges was beaten to the point of unconsciousness." Grubb said Carolina "is alive today because of the swift actions of the Shawnee Police Department.

"The Shawnee Police Department responded extremely fast, provided assistance to the injured victim and quickly arrested the perpetrators," Grubb said. "Detective Beau Bohuslavicky followed through with a thorough and effective investigation that has led to the filing of formal felony charges against the perpetrators."


Killian and Johnson are also charged with felony conspiracy and malicious intimidation or harassment (race), a misdemeanor. Grubb wants lawmakers to give DAs the discretion to charge a felony in such cases.

"That statute is woefully inadequate and we are working diligently to change it," he said. "I ask our legislators to review our laws and strengthen our 'hate crime' statute to make it more meaningful in violent, savage crimes like this one ... As a community, we will not tolerate racist behavior such as occurred here. We stand united that this type of behavior will be met with the full force of the law."

Grubb also released a video showing a part of the police interview with Killian. "It shows him striking himself repeatedly in an attempt to create the defense that he had been injured in the encounter and was engaged in self-defense," Grubb said. "Lying to the police and creating a false story will not be tolerated, and Mr. Killian has been charged accordingly. Across the nation law enforcement resources of time are limited. We are not going to waste time and tax payer dollars investigating false claims. We do not need a Jussie Smollett situation in Oklahoma."

Killian was charged with a felony of preparing false evidence, as well as some lesser traffic charges. Johnson is out on bond but Killian is being held at the county jail.

Grubb held the press conference on the courthouse steps with Carolina, his family and their attorney present.

 

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