By Dylan Goforth
Phoenix Staff Writer
Jurors needed less than an hour Wednesday to find Deandre Clark guilty of first-degree murder and recommend he serve life in prison for the Nov. 23, 2011, slaying of Ryan Satterfield.
The conviction, which requires 85 percent completion before parole eligibility, ensures that Clark, 19, will be in prison until he’s at least 57.
The verdict capped a trial that, in total, took less than two and a half days. Jury selection – which typically takes at least a day for a murder trial – was completed in about two hours Monday. Testimony ended Tuesday.
Clark shot and killed Satterfield on the night before Thanksgiving while he and five other men allegedly robbed Satterfield at a house in the 1500 block of East Okmulgee Avenue. The other defendants have been bound over for trial.
The six-man, six-woman jury listened to their instructions and about 30 minutes of closing arguments from both sides Wednesday. They entered deliberation at 9:45 a.m.
They returned less than an hour later.
When Muskogee County Court Clerk Paula Sexton read the verdict, dozens of Satterfield’s seated friends and family members briefly clapped and cheered.
“Ryan’s parents and brother and sister respect the jury’s finding, as do I,” said Assistant District Attorney Tim King. “We appreciate the jury’s service. We’re prepared on Monday to try Tommy Dean.”
Tommy Dean Jr., 21, is to appear in court Monday for jury selection. According to testimony by Satterfield’s friends in a preliminary hearing, Dean instructed Clark to “pop that one,” referring to Satterfield, during the robbery.
The other four defendants — Frederick Watson, 19, Jordan Miller, 18, Martin Miller, 19, and Troy Dufur, 18 — await trial. King said he would fight any attempts to sever the case into individual trials.
An agitated Clark, who had spent the first two days of the trial sitting calmly — and at times smiling or laughing with his attorney — was quickly escorted from the courtroom by Muskogee County Sheriff’s Deputy Matt Lott and Lt. George Roberson.
Clark testified Tuesday that he had been in Tulsa during the crime. Satterfield’s friends, who were in the house at the time of the shooting, told investigators the shooter was a teenager they knew as “Dre,” who had a lazy eye and distinctive tattoos on his hands.
Clark said he had been wrongly identified and that the shooter must have been “another black guy with tattoos and a lazy eye.”
Clark’s attorney, Larry Monard, a former prosecutor in Oklahoma who is now an Oklahoma Indigent Defense attorney, said he would remain as Clark’s attorney through the sentencing date.
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Deandre Clark will be formally sentenced by District Judge Mike Norman at 1:30 p.m. May 17 in Muskogee County District Court.