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Fri December 20, 2013

Hearings Delayed for 2 Accused in Tulsa Shooting

The Hmong Association of Oklahoma is in East Tulsa
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TULSA, Okla. (AP) — An Oklahoma judge has delayed preliminary hearings for two men accused of shooting five people at a Hmong New Year's festival in Tulsa.

Boonmlee Lee and Meng Lee were set to have hearings Friday, but a judge delayed the hearings until Jan. 16 because of problems finding a local interpreter who isn't linked to the case.

The Lees have pleaded not guilty to one count of shooting with intent to kill and five counts of assault and battery with a deadly weapon.

Prosecutors believe one victim was likely targeted at the October festival because he mediated a dispute involving the suspects' family.

The Lees and the five injured people are all ethnic Hmong, who hail from Asian countries including Laos, China, Vietnam and Thailand. Thousands of Hmong live in Tulsa.