On Friday, May 10, 2024, Fox News reported that an Oklahoma judge was indicted on charges related to a drive-by shooting at his brother-in-law’s home in February 2023.

According to the report, Brian Lovell, a 59-year-old associate district judge in Garfield County, Oklahoma, was charged by a grand jury with two felony counts involving firing a weapon at an occupied residence. The charges stem from an incident where Lovell allegedly shot at least five rounds into the home of his brother-in-law, Kenneth Markes, in Bison, Oklahoma on February 12, 2023. A bullet and five .40-caliber shell casings were recovered from the scene.

Just two days later, Lovell reported his .40-caliber pistol had been stolen from his pickup truck between January 28th and February 11th. However, prosecutors allege Lovell used the same weapon in the drive-by shooting at his brother-in-law’s home. If convicted, Lovell faces a minimum of two years in prison on each count.

The new charges come as Lovell already faces prosecution in Texas for a separate incident in September 2023. Police responded to reports of someone shooting at parked cars from a vehicle. Lovell and his SUV were stopped about 90 minutes later and matched the description. He was indicted on charges of deadly conduct with a firearm and reckless driving related to allegedly driving into the rear of another vehicle.

When questioned, Lovell said the other driver had cut him off but did not admit collisions were intentional. He also claimed not to remember any shooting, despite carrying two guns, according to affidavits. Lovell has been suspended from judicial duties since his arrest. His lawyer maintains the evidence is insufficient for convictions on any charges.



Source: Fox News