Three charged in fatal OKC drive-by shooting
Three people are facing murder charges in a drive-by shooting that left a 48-year-old man dead in southeast Oklahoma City.
Justin Taylor Leslie, 20, of Noble, was charged Friday with first-degree murder after detectives said he reportedly shot at Arnold Antwine Brown from a car on March 29. The driver and passenger in the vehicle, Jessica Marie Polk, 28, and Cruz Alexander Castillo, 22, have also been charged in the homicide.
Brown was found with a gunshot wound at the 700 block of SE 50th and later died at a hospital. Witnesses at the scene said the victim was talking on his cellphone before he went outside just before the shooting.
“He said he had to go outside and would be right back,” police reported. “The witnesses heard a single gunshot before going outside and finding Arnold lying on the side of the road.”
The witnesses said the only person Brown might have a problem with was man known as “McChillin,” according to a court affidavit.
Detectives found messages on Brown’s cellphone that showed he was communicating on Facebook with someone listed as “Justin Mathews,” police reported. One of the messages said the subject was on his way to meet with Brown.
Police later confirmed the Facebook account belonged to Justin Leslie, who used the last name Mathews as a profile name, according to the affidavit.
On March 30, officers found the Chevy Equinox used in the shooting, and Polk and Castillo were inside. Polk, of Oklahoma City, told police she was driving the vehicle when Brown was shot, detectives reported.
She said Castillo, of Del City, was sitting in the front seat, and a man they only knew as “McChillin” was in the back seat.
“McChillin,” who police identified as Leslie, was talking with someone on his cellphone, and he directed Polk to the area of SE 59 and Interstate 35, according to the affidavit.
Polk said Leslie told someone on the phone to come outside, and he instructed her to drive toward a black man who came out of a house, police reported. As they approached, Leslie shot the man once with a sawed-off 12-gauge shotgun, according to the affidavit.
Polk stated she didn’t know the victim at the time and claimed she didn’t know Leslie was going to shoot him.
Castillo and Polk were charged with first-degree murder because they were “in the commission of distribution of a controlled dangerous substance” when Brown was killed, according to court documents.
Leslie has convictions of assault and battery, felon in possession of a firearm, possession of drug paraphernalia and burglary.
Polk has been convicted of drug trafficking, possession of a controlled substance and felon in possession of a firearm, among others. Castillo is on probation for grand larceny.