Murder charge dropped in Choctaw-Del City HS shooting case; investigation continues

OKLAHOMA CITY (KFOR) — The Oklahoma County District Attorney’s Office announced they have dismissed the first-degree murder charge against a 15-year-old who was arrested in connection to a shooting at the Choctaw-Mid-Del high school football game in August 2023.

Charges were filed in September against a 15-year-old for the shooting death of 16-year-old Cordea Carter.

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Cordea Carter in memoriam
Cordea Carter in memoriam

Officials say the teen was originally identified by a witness, but the witness later recanted their identification after the charges were filed.

As a result, the teen’s charges have been dismissed without prejudice, meaning charges can be refiled.

“To Cordae’s [sic] family, I promise we are not giving up on identifying and prosecuting the person responsible for his death,” said Vicki Zemp Behenna, Oklahoma County District Attorney. “The OSBI is following investigative leads and processing evidence. Based on their investigation, charges can be refiled in the future since there is not statute of limitations for murder.”

The DA’s Office says they requested assistance from OSBI to investigate Carter’s death and the shooting of a female student. The investigation is still open and ongoing.

The DA’s Office is asking anyone with information about the shootings, or video or pictures of the fight that led to the shooting to contact OSBI at 1-800-522-8017. Callers are able to remain anonymous.

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