Witness says Oklahoma shooting victim begged for her life


OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) — The cousin of an Oklahoma City man charged with killing four people in 2017 has testified that one victim begged for her life before being shot.

The Oklahoman reports that Brandon Butler gave the testimony Wednesday during a hearing to determine if there is enough evidence to warrant sending 28-year-old Mario Normore to trial on the charges.

Normore has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder in the deaths of 27-year-old Bashar Burks and 30-year-old Ashley Easton, who police initially thought were killed in a vehicle crash. He also has pleaded not guilty in the killing of 21-year-old Searra Howe and the presumed killing of 58-year-old James Steven Knowles, who has been missing since October 2017.

Butler said he planned to shoot into the air and let Howe go, but Normore appeared and shot her after being given the gun.

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