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Judge: Guilty plea stands in Oklahoma workplace shooting

 


NORMAN, Okla. (AP) — A Cleveland County judge has rejected a man's request to withdraw his guilty plea in a workplace shooting in Norman that wounded two people, including the gunman.

Court records show the request by William Ray Adams, 57, was rejected Monday by District Judge Thad Balkman.

Adams' attorney, Michael Amend, said the ruling will be appealed.

Amend had pleaded guilty in January to kidnapping and weapons charges and was sentenced to 30 years for attempting in 2018 to abduct his estranged wife from Bergey Windpower, where she worked, and shooting and wounding a coworker who tried to stop the attempted abduction.

Adams was wounded when another coworker took Adams' gun from him and shot him in the neck.

The second coworker and Adams' estranged wife were uninjured.

The Oklahoman reports that Adams argued that he pleaded guilty "without deliberation and through ignorance and inadvertence," that he was under the influence of drugs or medication when he entered the plea, and that he received ineffective assistance from counsel.

Police: Four arrested after man killed at Wichita motel

One man is dead and another was hospitalized in critical condition following a shootout at a Wichita motel during what police suspect was a fight over drugs.

Four people were arrested hours after the shooting just before 1 a.m. Thursday at the Scotsman Hotel, police said in a news release. Officers called to the motel found William Pottorff, 40, of Wichita, with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

Three of the suspects are from Wichita and the fourth is from Illinois, police said.

Shortly after the shooting, a 23-year-old man arrived at a local hospital in critical condition with multiple gunshot wounds. He remained hospitalized Thursday afternoon.

Police said an initial investigation showed the shooting occurred after the 23-year-old and several others forced their way into the motel room, and Pottorff and the younger man began fighting. Both men pulled out guns and fired at each other, police said.

"This was not a random incident, and illegal narcotics are a factor," police said in the news release.

 

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