Trial to Begin in Tulsa for 2008 Slaying

Aug 20, 2012

TULSA, Okla. (AP) — The trial for a man accused in the shooting death of a Tulsa businessman is set to begin this week.

Fred Shields is charged in the 2008 killing of Neal Sweeney. Prosecutors claim that Sweeney was killed in a murder-for-hire plot because of a business dispute. Shields' brother, Allen Shields, was also charged with conspiracy in Sweeney's death but died of an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound in 2011.

Sweeney, a 63-year-old former Tulsa football star, was shot in the head on Sept. 4, 2008, at his business and died the next day.

Fred Shields' trial is scheduled to begin Monday in Tulsa.

In January, Mohammed Aziz pleaded guilty to soliciting Sweeney's murder.