Oklahoma Judge Indicted For Drive-By Shooting At Brother-In-Law’s Home

Garfield County Associate Judge Brian Lovell, 59, who is already facing eight felony gun charges in Texas, has been indicted again, this time for allegedly firing multiple shots at his brother-in-law’s home in Bison, Oklahoma, in a drive-by shooting, authorities said. The new charges include discharging a firearm into a dwelling and use of a vehicle to facilitate the discharge of a gun.

According to the Enid News & Eagle, the alleged shooting took place on Feb. 12, 2023, outside the home of Lovell’s brother-in-law, Kenneth Markes. Two days after the incident, Lovell claimed that the gun had been stolen from his vehicle, Oklahoma Attorney General Gentner Drummond said in a press release.

This is not Lovell’s first run-in with the law involving firearms. He also faces eight felony counts in Texas for allegedly using the same Glock 23 .40-caliber gun in a similar incident in Austin on Sept. 11 of last year. In that case, Lovell is accused of driving near Matamoros and Santa Maria streets in his white SUV and discharging a firearm approximately five times, hitting several vehicles in the area.

About an hour after the Austin incident, Lovell allegedly rear-ended another vehicle during a road rage encounter with the victim, claiming he tried to push her car into oncoming traffic. Lovell was indicted in the Austin case on Feb. 29 and is currently free on a $10,000 bond.

In response to the new Oklahoma indictment, Lovell’s lawyer Stephen Jones said prosecutors don’t have a case. “From our own investigation, the evidence is insufficient to convince a jury beyond a reasonable doubt,” Jones said. “We intend to defend the case vigorously and during the course of the investigation, the judge and Mrs. Lovell have cooperated fully.”

The multiple indictments against Judge Lovell have raised serious concerns about his conduct and fitness to serve on the bench. If convicted on the new Oklahoma charges, he could face up to 20 years in prison. The case has garnered significant attention as it involves a sitting judge accused of multiple violent felonies across two states.

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