Tahlequah Daily Press

Local News

May 23, 2014

Man guilty of ‘execution-style’ murder

Jury fails to believe killer’s ‘self-defense’ claim

TAHLEQUAH — Jurors on Thursday failed to buy into a killer’s claim he was acting in self-defense when he fatally shot his brother-in-law at a home on Basin in June 2013, and instead found him guilty of first-degree murder.

It took two hours Thursday night for jurors to return their guilty verdict and recommend a life sentence for 30-year-old Juan Carlos Caballero.

Jurors also found Caballero guilty of possession of a controlled dangerous substance and recommended he receive seven years for that charge.

Caballero – who appeared upbeat during most of the trial, often smiling at others and carrying out casual conversations about religion and other matters during breaks in testimony – lowered his eyes as the verdict was read Thursday at about 8:30 p.m.

District Judge Darrell Shepherd set formal sentencing for June 30 at 9 a.m. and ordered a pre-sentence investigation.

Caballero’s defense attorney, Angie Jones, urged jurors earlier on Thursday to consider testimony that suggested Caballero was fearful of his brother-in-law, 35-year-old Carlos Manuel Ulloa-Redondo, and that Redondo had been “provoking” Caballero before the shooting.

She picked apart the investigation into Redondo’s death, calling into question Tahlequah Detective Chris Boals’ work after he responded June 23, 2013, to investigate.

“Detective Boals made up his mind about what happened from the get-go, and he had tunnel vision” for the rest of the investigation, Jones told jurors.

She said Boals spoke to only three eye witnesses and for only a short time – about 20 minutes during one meeting – and interviewed them all together, rather than separately. She said officers never spoke at length with other neighbors about the shooting.

She also criticized Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation Crime Scene Agent Brad Green and other officers who failed to find a 9mm pistol and 38-caliber revolver that had been placed under a shower in the home where Redondo was killed.

The guns were found several months later by a man who had been asked to spray the house for roaches.

“A man spraying for bugs finds these two guns, that apparently 20 to 30 Tahlequah police officers couldn’t find,” Jones said.

She suggested investigators’ inability to find the guns or to conduct a thorough search was a “prime example of the whole investigation,” and questioned what investigators might have missed “because it would take a little bit of effort.”

“Don’t guess [Caballero] into the penitentiary,” Jones told jurors, telling them prosecutors’ ideas that Caballero shot Redondo after a confrontation with neighbors over loud music made “absolutely no sense at all.”

“He acted in self-defense,” Jones said of Caballero.

First Assistant District Attorney Jack Thorp told jurors the testimony and evidence presented during the trial was never about self-defense or manslaughter – two options jurors could have chosen rather than first-degree murder.

“Self-defense is not shooting a human being five times,” Thorp said.

“Or [shooting] twice, running out of ammo ... then going and getting another gun and then firing three more bullets. ... Five rounds [is] pretty good evidence you intend to take a life – even more so when you use two different guns.”

Thorp told jurors Caballero killed Redondo “execution style” with four shots to the body and a fifth, close-contact shot to Redondo’s head.

“An execution killing in Cherokee County, Oklahoma, is certainly worth life without parole,” Thorp told jurors before their deliberations began.

“The person that pulled the trigger, the person that put [Redondo] down, was [Caballero].”

jnewton@tahlequahdailypress.com

1
Text Only
Local News
  • svw-Marijuana-guy.jpg Grassroots efforts

    Group seeks area support to put medical marijuana on November ballot

    Legalized medical marijuana will be on the ballots in November if Oklahomans for Health, the organization putting forward the proposed amendment, can get 155,216 signatures by Aug. 16.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • washington-marshal.jpg Man charged following June pursuit

    Prosecutors have filed formal charges against a Hulbert man accused of leading authorities on a pursuit and running a roadblock last month.

    July 21, 2014 1 Photo

  • rf-3rd-Thurs-group.jpg Third Thursday downtown event gaining momentum

    Most new events take time to build a following and Third Thursday Art Walk is still gaining momentum.
    The cloudy weather may have kept some shoppers home, but those out were enjoying the evening and buying gifts.

    July 21, 2014 2 Photos

  • Council to mull TMSA contract

    Tahlequah city councilors on Monday are set to discuss and possibly act on a request to renew a contract with the local main street program worth $25,000 per year.
    If the contract is approved for the Tahlequah Main Street Association, it would automatically renew each year unless otherwise terminated or canceled.

    July 21, 2014

  • Motorcycle crash sends driver to Tulsa hospital

    A 55-year-old Welling man was in stable condition Friday after crashing a 2001 Kawasaki southeast of Tahlequah.

    July 21, 2014

  • sg-TKD-air-kick.jpg Little Dragons

    This Little Dragon program started at Ramos School of Taekwondo three years ago when the business opened. It is geared for 3-5 year olds. It teaches them motor skills, balance, left and right recognition, and to be aware of their surroundings.
    “It’s really basic and fun,” said Denisse Ramos, instructor. “They don’t even realize that they are learning.”

    July 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • shriver-jennifer.jpg Woman arrested on murder charge

    A Cherokee County woman accused of crashing into and killing an 8-year-old Tulsa child last October while driving under the influence of synthetic cannabinoids and marijuana is being held on a bond of more than $300,000.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • proctor-and-kid.jpg Proctor a finalist for Teacher of the Year

    Jason Proctor believes connecting with his students builds trust and sets the stage for academic success.
    Proctor, teacher at Tahlequah High School, has been named one of 12 finalists for Oklahoma Teacher of the Year.

    July 18, 2014 2 Photos

  • jn-file-canine-cop.jpg Tahlequah Police Dept. may add to canine program

    Tahlequah canine Officer Bo could soon have a four-legged colleague to help keep an eye on local drug problems.
    Police Chief Nate King has plans to expand the Tahlequah Police Department’s canine program.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

  • sg-Big-Jims.jpg Rally to bring over 3,000 motorcycles to Tahlequah

    The chance to win a 2014 883 Iron Harley-Davidson, enjoy live music, scheduled rides, and more comes to downtown Tahlequah in August.
    Big Jim’s Motorcycle Rally will take place in the North End Entertainment District Wednesday through Saturday, Aug. 20–23.

    July 18, 2014 1 Photo

Poll

Do you believe marijuana should be legalized in Oklahoma?

Absolutely not.
No, but it should be decriminalized.
Yes, but only for medicinal purposes.
Yes, both for medicinal and recreational purposes.
Undecided.
     View Results
Tahlequah Daily Press Twitter
Follow us on twitter
AP Video
Raw: Israel Bombs Multiple Targets in Gaza Veteran Creates Job During High Unemployment Raw: Cargo Craft Undocks From Space Station Widow: Jury Sent Big Tobacco a $23B Message New Orleans Plans to Recycle Cigarette Butts UN Security Council Calls for MH 17 Crash Probe Obama Bestows Medal of Honor on NH Veteran Texas Sending National Guard Troops to Border Hopkins to Pay $190M After Pelvic Exams Taped Foxx Cites Washington 'Circus Mirror' NASA Ceremony Honors Moon Walker Neil Armstrong Obama Voices Concern About Casualties in Mideast Diplomacy Intensifies Amid Mounting Gaza Toll AP Exclusive: American Beaten in Israel Speaks Obama Protects Gay, Transgender Workers Raw: Gaza Rescuers Search Rubble for Survivors Raw: International Team Inspects MH17 Bodies Raw: 25 Family Members Killed in Gaza Airstrike US Teen Beaten in Mideast Talks About Ordeal 'Weird Al' Is Wowed by Album's Success
Stocks