Protesters Gather For Teen Charged In Death Of Stavian Rodriguez


Wednesday, March 3rd 2021, 5:19 pm
By: Anjelicia Bruton


OKLAHOMA CITY -

Local advocates are protesting for a teenager charged in connection with the death of 15-year-old Stavian Rodriguez to receive a lesser sentence.

They said he's not responsible for taking Rodriguez's life.

“If my son's going to be charged with murder, so should the ones be that pulled the trigger,” Amanda Totsch, Wyatt Cheatham’s mother, said.

Oklahoma County district attorney's office charged Wyatt Cheatham with first-degree murder shortly after the deadly police shooting.

According to state law, a person can be charged with murder if another person at the scene dies while they are committing a felony.

Totsch said her son is not a killer. She does understand his involvement in the robbery at the gas station, but said the blood is not on his hands.

“I don't think I've still let it sink in, but each day that goes by, it sinks in a little bit more, and it's heartbreaking,” Totsch said.

Totsch and her son's supporters said there's no reason Cheatham should be charged with murder and not the officers who shot Rodriguez.

Protestors walked across the street to the Oklahoma City Police Department from the jail, chanting "free Wyatt."

Right now, all officers involved in the shooting death are on paid administrative leave.

News 9 did reach out to the Oklahoma County district attorney's office. They did not want to comment as this case is still under investigation