He's accused of opening fire into a crowd of people down in Bricktown last summer. And though he was only 16 at the time, a judge has finally ruled that Avery Meyers will stand trial as an adult for the crime.
It was near the Sonic Headquarters and Bricktown Ballpark that shots rang out right after that playoff game between the Thunder and the Lakers on May 21, 2012. In all eight people were hit, including one young man who is lucky to be alive today.
Though most of the people who were hit were not seriously hurt, one of them was. Norman Richards was hit in the back and almost died. But fortunately he survived, and just recently got to meet the paramedic, Brandon Hall, who helped save his life.
Today he had this to say about the teen that will be tried as an adult for the shooting:
"My family and I are happy with the outcome [and are] just looking forward to proceeding with the trial."
Meyers was 16 at the time of the shooting, and according to court records, he confessed to pulling the trigger. The public defenders assigned to his case tried to get him certified as a juvenile, but the state
fought that, saying Meyers showed a "lack of empathy" and showed a "high risk for future violence", and got doctors to back them up.
They also presented evidence that Meyers "intended to return to gang life" once he completed his 15-month juvenile program and referred to himself as a "modern day Tupac".
And in the finding of fact and conclusions of law document filed today, the judge states this case "could have been even worse" and "could have easily cost the lives of many people". He goes on to write that he feels that the public would not be adequately protected if Meyers were to be sentenced as a youthful offender.
That court document also showed Meyers had several violent run-ins at school and even while in jail awaiting the outcome of this case. Meyers next court date is set for March. A trial date has not yet been set.