Victims testify in murder trial
The trial for a 26-year-old man charged with murder in connection with a robbery spree continued on Tuesday in the courtroom of Comanche County District Judge Emmit Tayloe.
Andrew J. Gaines, of Lawton, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Joshua Whitehead, 26, on Nov. 5, 2015. He was shot and killed in his car at 4003 NW Ozmun, and authorities found his body in a vehicle wrecked near the intersection of Northwest 40th Street and Rogers Lane at 2 a.m., according to court records.
Gaines is also charged with seven other felonies, including three counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, three counts of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon and possession of a firearm after prior felony conviction. His bond was set at $1.5 million.
After jury selection and opening statements on Monday, the jury of six women and six men listened to testimonies from 10 witnesses, some of whom were alleged victims of the robberies, on Tuesday.
Gaines and two other men Molik Gibson, 20, and Keith Dubose, 22 are accused of committing two robberies just hours before Whitehead's death, court records indicate.
According to a previous Constitution article, the affidavit submitted by Sgt. David Schucker of the Lawton Police Department states that the spree began at 12:55 a.m. Nov. 5. when victims Jullian Phillips and Jamie Pigg were accosted by three men in a car near 2704 SW G.