Shooting, manslaughter and sexual assault trials are slated for the first week of the Comanche County felony jury trial docket.
Jurors will report Monday morning to the Comanche County Courthouse.
As of Friday afternoon, eight trials are scheduled to take place in four different courtrooms. Cases are subject to change with last minute pleas or motions of continuance.
On Monday, a Lawton man will face trial for a 2020 shooting into a house.
Quamail Quameer Willis, a.k.a., Quameil Quameek Willis, 22, will begin trial in Chief District Judge Scott D. Meaders’ courtroom for felony charges of felony discharging a firearm into a dwelling and possession of a firearm after delinquent adjudication, records indicate.
Willis is accused, along with Michael Lee Smith, of a March 2020 shooting into a home in the 2400 block of Northwest 42nd Street after it had been shot “numerous times while the residence was occupied by two juvenile children,” along with an adult nephew, according to the probable cause affidavit. No one was injured in the incident.
Prior to the shooting, the home surveillance video captured a four-door sedan drive by the home a few times before coming to a stop. Later, the car returned, pulled up to the curb with its lights off and at least two people were seen getting out and shooting into the home, the affidavit states. Nineteen shell casings from three different guns were recovered, according to police.
Investigators discovered a Facebook Live video on March 27, 2020, that Willis had posted, where he talked about the shooting, the affidavit states.
Willis was adjudicated as a delinquent child of assault with a deadly weapon in Tarrant County, Texas, in June 2017, records indicate.
Willis was arrested and made his initial appearance Sept. 29, 2020, in Comanche County District Court for the shooting. He received a $35,000 bond for that case. He also appeared for a different case for felony charges of possession of a firearm after delinquent adjudication and gang-related offense, as well as misdemeanor charges of obstructing an officer (two counts) and possession of controlled dangerous substance, records indicate.
Willis’ second set of charges stem from an attempted arrest the afternoon of Sept. 24, 2020. He received an additional $1 million bond and has been in Comanche County Detention Center custody since then.
Smith, 37, of Lawton, was acquitted in a January jury trial of four felony counts related to Willis’ trial case: discharging a firearm into a dwelling, conspiracy to discharge a firearm into a dwelling, escape from arrest or detention and possession of a firearm after three prior felony convictions, records indicate.
Bryan Derrell Bruce, 45, of Lawton, will face trial Wednesday in District Judge Grant Sheperd’s court for felony counts of first-degree manslaughter and possession of a firearm after former felony conviction, records indicate.
Bruce is accused of killing Douglas Patrick Armondi Jr., 44, of Lawton, with a shot to the head the night of Nov. 18, 2020, according to Medical Examiner Lisa Barton.
The Comanche County District Attorney’s office is accusing Bruce of killing Armondi through negligence from a bad decision that led to Armondi’s death. Bruce told investigators he was trying to break up an altercation between his son and Armondi over Bruce’s ex-wife late the night of Nov. 18, 2020, outside his home in the 2100 block of Northwest 20th Street. Officers arrived to find Armondi dead behind the wheel of his Cadillac.
Bruce has a prior Comanche County felony conviction from February 2011, for cultivation of controlled substance, according to Oklahoma Department of Corrections records.
Bruce had been free on $20,000 bond. Records indicate after being picked up on a failure to appear warrant in December 2022, he has been held on $75,000 bond.
On Wednesday, District Judge Jay Walker will preside over the trial of Anthony Dimitri Turner, 34, of Lawton, for felony charges of first-degree rape, second-degree rape, lewd or indecent acts to a child under 16 and sexual battery.
Turner is accused of raping three teen runaways in October 2021.
The girls told police Turner picked them up at a convenience store and gave them a ride to a friend’s house before taking them back to his house at 1610 NW Ferris an then to a liquor store before returning, investigators said.
According to the probable cause affidavit, he was accused of getting one of the girls drunk and having sex with her twice. A 17-year-old girl said she’d become drunk and claimed Turner touched her inappropriately while she was vomiting, the probable cause affidavit states.
The youngest teen, 14, told investigators a similar story of being given alcohol and said Turner had sex with her on the couch despite her protests to “Stop!” She said he didn’t listen and “continued to rape her,” the affidavit states.
Turner has been free on $70,000 bond since March 2022, records indicate.