Local & Regional
Mon March 17, 2014
Arraignment Delayed for Hmong Shooting Suspects
Two men accused of shooting five people last year at a Hmong New Year's festival in Tulsa have their arraigned in district court delayed.
Court records indicate Boonmlee Lee, 21, and Meng Lee, 19, were due in court this morning for arraignment, but it was delayed until March 27th.
Each has pleaded not guilty to one count of shooting with intent to kill and five counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon. A judge amended one assault and battery with a deadly weapon charge against Meng Lee to assault with a deadly weapon.
Prosecutors think one victim was likely targeted at the Oct. 12 festival because he mediated a dispute involving the suspects' family that was not resolved in their favor.
Between 3,000 and 4,000 Hmong live in Tulsa, many arriving recently in search of jobs.