A Tulsa teenager accused of the recent fatal shooting of a Broken Arrow teacher had a documented run-in with the law as young as 11 years old, followed by another dozen or so juvenile cases, according to confidential court records made public by a judge Wednesday.
The unsealed documents depict Deonte Green as a troubled youth in and out of juvenile detention, with an apparent penchant for home burglaries to steal firearms. One pending case alleges he punched his step-father in the eye.
Green, 16, is charged with a total of 25 felonies and one misdemeanor in Tulsa County District Court. Prosecutors allege he went on a crime spree Sept. 30 to Oct. 1, which included killing middle school geography teacher Shane Anderson in an attempted robbery, sexually assaulting an 81-year-old woman during a robbery and carrying out other armed robberies.
Four of the 25 felonies were filed Wednesday as a youthful offender case that alleges two counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, second-degree burglary and larceny of an automobile.
The youthful offender felonies allege he committed two separate armed robberies of individuals, broke into an east Tulsa home to steal a shotgun and took the owner’s 2009 Nissan Murano. The crimes are alleged to have taken place from Aug. 23 to Sept. 7.
Green’s juvenile court records reveal a lengthy criminal history — convictions and pending allegations — that preceded the much more violent accusations that escalated recently.
Special Judge Bill Hiddle on Friday ordered Green’s juvenile records to be made public with only two exceptions: district attorney files that contain work product and psychological evaluations.
The District Attorney’s Office filed a motion seeking release of the records, Hiddle said, while Green’s defense attorney opposed allowing the records to become public.
Revealed in the stack of juvenile documents released Wednesday by Hiddle:
• In June 2012, Green had a Tulsa County case involving malicious injury to property; its disposition didn’t appear to be listed.
• In May 2014, a second-degree burglary charge in Muskogee County was dismissed.
• In September 2014, the Wagoner County District Attorney’s Office declined to file a charge of threatening a violent act.
• In August 2016, he allegedly was caught in Tulsa County with two baggies of marijuana. The case ultimately was dismissed by the state as part of an agreement to stipulate to and plead no contest to crimes he committed later in two 2017 cases.
The Tulsa County juvenile cases against Green began piling up in 2017:
• In January, he allegedly threw a cinder block through a window and stole a revolver and rifle.
• In March, he allegedly punched his step-father in the eye.
• In March, a domestic assault and battery case was filed but dismissed the same day by a judge for lack of probable cause.
• In May, he allegedly tried to disable a home-security system, threw a brick through the back door of a residence and stole a shotgun.
• In May, he shattered a residence’s window and stole a 9-millimeter handgun. He admitted guilt to second-degree burglary and carrying a concealed weapon.
• On the same day in August he allegedly broke into two pickups to steal property, and hid stolen property. He pleaded no contest to two counts of second-degree burglary from an automobile and knowingly concealing stolen property.
• In August, he allegedly broke into a Community Thrift Store break room and stole a wallet.
Additionally, the juvenile court documents indicate he was placed on probation in mid-August for the two cases in which he stipulated to guilt or pleaded no contest.
On Tuesday, prosecutors filed an amended criminal complaint against Green in an alleged crime spree from Sept. 30 to Oct. 1 and added five more charges, bringing his total in that case alone to 21 felonies and one misdemeanor.
Green was released from jail three days before the alleged Sept. 30 to Oct. 1 crime spree.
The District Attorney’s Office was unable to file charges against Green because it didn’t have the legal authority to keep him in custody as a youthful offender. A Tulsa police officer had taken him to the Tulsa Jail rather than juvenile detention to be processed for charges on the mistaken belief Green had youthful offender status.
Green was arrested Sept. 22 in connection with breaking into a storage unit, stealing a bicycle and pulling down surveillance cameras. The DA’s Office on Sept. 28 declined youthful offender prosecution in favor of sending the case to the Juvenile Bureau. A prosecutor in that office would have had to file a petition and issue a summons that day to halt Green’s release.
Now, Green’s alleged crimes do meet youthful offender status requirements.
A Tulsa police official previously acknowledged to the Tulsa World a breakdown in communication at the time of Green’s arrest, and that police intelligence about Green’s risk to the community could have been better shared internally.
In the alleged Sept. 30 to Oct. 1 crimes, the District Attorney’s Office has charged Green with first-degree murder, two counts of attempted robbery with a dangerous weapon, three counts of first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, three counts of possession of a firearm after juvenile adjudication, five counts of robbery with a dangerous weapon, first-degree rape by instrumentation, sexual battery, kidnapping, larceny of an automobile, feloniously pointing a firearm, attempted cruelty to animals, and reckless conduct with a firearm.
He has been incarcerated in the Tulsa Jail since his arrest late Oct. 1.