Man Sentenced To Life In Prison For Fatal NW OKC Shooting, Victim’s Mother Speaks Out


Thursday, October 7th 2021, 11:12 pm
By: Clayton Cummins


OKLAHOMA CITY -

A man arrested for shooting and killing another man at a northwest Oklahoma City apartment complex learned his fate Wednesday.

Isreal Pointer, 24, was sentenced to life in prison for shooting a man to death at an apartment complex in the 7600 block of NW 10th St. on April 23, 2020.

Courtney Devereaux, 39, was found dead when officers arrived at the scene just before 8 a.m.

“That’s exactly what we wanted, is that he spend the rest of his life either incarcerated or on probation,” Jacqueline Devereaux, Courtney’s mother, said. “It is definitely what we wanted.”

Devereaux’s mother spoke in court before Judge Elliott sentenced Pointer to life in prison.

Witnesses told police while smoking meth, Pointer shot Devereaux out of nowhere.

“They (police) told me where he was and so me and his son, my grandson, we got in the car and went there,” Devereaux said. “We were there most of the day until a detective came and said to us that he had expired and that they knew it was him.”

The ability to address the court and Pointer directly, Devereaux said, gave a huge sense of relief.

“I looked at him (Pointer), he looked at me and so I think he did hear me,” Devereaux said. “I saw some expression on his face that made me think that he heard what I was saying.”

Courtney leaves behind a son and stepson. The family is ready to turn the page on a dark chapter.

“Until this time we had not really been able to heal, we’ve just kind of been getting through life and getting through all of the court proceedings that happened,” Devereaux said.

Pointer made headlines in 2015 when he tried to escape the Oklahoma County courthouse. District Attorney David Prater and other attorneys helped tackle Pointer to the ground.