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Oklahoma Judge Facing Multiple Gun Charges Indicted for Drive-By Shooting


Garfield County, Oklahoma, Associate District Judge Brian Lovell could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted on a new indictment linking him to a drive-by shooting at his brother-in-law’s house.
Garfield County, Oklahoma, Associate District Judge Brian Lovell could face up to 20 years in prison if convicted on a new indictment linking him to a drive-by shooting at his brother-in-law’s house.

Garfield County Associate Judge Brian Lovell, already in legal trouble for felony gun charges in Texas, is now facing fresh charges for allegedly firing shots into his brother-in-law's home during a drive-by shooting in Oklahoma. The incident occurred on Feb. 12, 2023, in Bison, Okla. Lovell has been charged with felony counts of discharging a firearm into a dwelling and using a vehicle to facilitate the shooting.

Following the drive-by shooting, Lovell reportedly claimed that the gun used had been stolen from his vehicle. This is not Lovell's first firearm-related legal issue, as he is also facing eight felony counts in Texas for a similar incident involving the same gun in Austin on Sept. 11 of the previous year.

In the Austin case, Lovell is accused of firing shots near Matamoros and Santa Maria streets while driving his white SUV. The bullets struck several vehicles in the area. Approximately an hour later, Lovell allegedly rear-ended another vehicle during a road rage incident, with the victim claiming he attempted to push her car into oncoming traffic.



 

Lovell was indicted in the Texas case on Feb. 29 and is currently out on a $10,000 bond. In response to the new Oklahoma indictment, Lovell's lawyer, Stephen Jones, stated that the evidence presented is insufficient to convince a jury beyond a reasonable doubt. Jones expressed his intention to vigorously defend Lovell, noting that both the judge and Mrs. Lovell have fully cooperated during the investigation.

The legal proceedings surrounding Judge Lovell's alleged involvement in these incidents are ongoing, and further details will be revealed as the case progresses. It is a complex situation that continues to unfold with significant implications for Lovell's future.

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