Hearing Scheduled For Minor Accused Of Shooting, Killing 1 At Choctaw Football Game

A 15-year-old accused of shooting and killing 16-year-old Cordae Carter at a Choctaw High School Football game in August is scheduled to have a detention review hearing on Tuesday.

Tuesday, October 31st 2023, 9:39 am

Editor's Note: Charges have been dismissed against Dayvion Hamilton by the district attorney.

A 15-year-old charged with the murder of a 16-year-old at a high school football game in Choctaw is scheduled to have a detention review hearing on Tuesday.

Dayvion Hamilton is facing first-degree murder charges after Choctaw Police say he opened fire and killed Cordae Carter at a Choctaw High School football game back in August.

Hamilton's hearing is set for 1:30 p.m.


Court documents said Hamilton intended to kill 16-year-old Cordae Carter, and if convicted, he will have to serve at least 85% of his sentence. 

Choctaw Police arrested Hamilton in August. Hamilton was arrested on a second-degree murder complaint but is now charged with first-degree murder. 

Ed Blau, who is not associated with the case, said it's not uncommon for a district attorney to not charge a person with the recommended complaint from law enforcement.

“The district attorney can charge higher or charge lower depending on the facts and how they see them,” Blau said. 

The Oklahoma County District Attorney's office said, after reviewing the case details, they decided to charge Murder in the First Degree with Malice Aforethought.

“That doesn't mean that it was premeditated or planned out. It means they had the specific intent to kill another person,” Blau said. 

In this case, that's 16-year-old Cordea Carter. Court documents said Hamilton's associate, "Deuce," got into a physical altercation with Carter prior to the shooting.

“If it's found the individual intended to point the gun and pull the trigger while aiming at a specific individual, that would seem to fit the elements of murder in the first degree,” Blau said. 

To convict someone of Murder in the First Degree with Malice Aforethought, the state must prove:

  1. There's been a death of a human
  2. The death was unlawful
  3. The death was caused by the defendant
  4. The death was caused with malice aforethought 

Hamilton is 15-years-old. In Oklahoma that means he could be tried as an adult.

“It will be up to the judge to make the decision as to whether he will be tried as an adult or whether or not the juvenile system will handle it,” Blau said.

Hamilton will have his formal arraignment Wednesday.

Choctaw Shooting: Timeline Of Events

Friday night:

The Del City Eagles were in Choctaw Friday night to face the Yellowjackets in Week 0 of the high school football season.

During the final three minutes of the third quarter, gunshots were heard from the visitor’s side of the field, and crowds were seen fleeing from the stands.

Multiple video broadcasts from the game showed players and fans running away from the Del City side of the stadium after at least two gunshots.

"You had a bang, and then a bang, bang immediately afterwards,” recalled Jared Johnson, a member of the Choctaw band. “And then the 5 to 7 that went out right after were all one after the other."

“I remember hearing someone say, 'Oh, my God. They're shooting,' and that panic started to really set in and everyone just went," Johnson said.

"We heard the gunshots, and everybody started running,” said Choctaw parent Allison Yarbrough.

Several witnesses reached out to News 9 to share their stories of those who helped lead people to safety.

“We just all laid down like this, side by side, ready to run,” Kieson Iwerson demonstrated on a hill adjacent to Choctaw’s practice field. "They were just coming from all over. Everyone was flooding the field."

Iwerson was leading the charge of students through the woods to safety.

A 13-year-old said football players helped keep her safe during the chaos that erupted.

"A football player came and grabbed me and one of my friends, and took us into the locker room," she said. "And set us down and told us, ‘It’s going to be ok. Calm down. You’ll find your parents.’”

She said the player who helped her was Choctaw's Juju Smith. All the players played a role in helping others get to safety, she said.

“The football players didn’t worry about their safety. They were worrying about elderly safety, kids’ safety, and adult safety," she said. "They would run out of the locker room, after grabbing two or three kids, putting them in there, and then run out and grab more people.”

Weekend Timeline

The News 9 team traveled to Choctaw High School and OU Health Saturday morning to review the aftermath after Friday night's shooting.

News 9 Addie Crawford traveled to Choctaw High School Saturday morning to review the scene and found marching band equipment, personal belongings left after people fled from the stadium from the gunshots.

State Superintendent Ryan Walters released the following statement Saturday:

Last night’s events in Choctaw is tragic. Violence of any kind has no place at our school events, and anyone who would threaten our kids must be swiftly brought to justice.
OSDE stands ready to assist them with all available resources and I have spoken to Choctaw Superintendent David Reid and Mid-Del Superintendent Rick Cobb this morning to offer OSDE’s full support and assistance. 
I hope all Oklahomans will join my family and me in prayer for all those affected by senseless acts.

Mid-Del City Schools released a statement confirming the victim was a Midwest City student:

Dear Bomber Families:
It is with deep sadness that we inform you of the death of one of our Bombers who was in attendance during the Del City at Choctaw High School football game on Friday, August 25. There are no words to adequately describe our sympathy for the family of our student. Additionally, we know that the coming days and weeks will be difficult for our students and staff. We will have grief counselors available for anyone needing to speak with someone.
Any time a student death occurs, reactions are varied. Please be alert for any of the following indications of grief
Physical - changes to sleep patterns or eating habits
Emotional - changes such as unusual fears, anger, worry or clinging
Social - loss of interest in usual activities.
Open communication between parents and children is very important. If you think your child is having a particularly difficult time dealing with this situation, please contact the school for assistance.

News 9 received a joint statement early Saturday morning from school officials in Del City and Choctaw:

Our thoughts and prayers go out to all affected by tonight’s incident. Both districts are working jointly with the police presence from Choctaw, Del City, and Oklahoma County in an ongoing investigation. The police will provide further details as they become available. 
David Reid, Superintendent Choctaw-Nicoma Park
Dr. Rick Cobb, Superintendent Mid-Del

Choctaw Mayor Chad Allcox released a statement on Saturday stating,

Last night our community experienced a horrific tragedy at Bill Jensen Field during the Del City vs. Choctaw high school football game in Choctaw, Oklahoma. On behalf of the city of Choctaw, our hearts and prayers are with the families of those who were killed or injured, students, coaches, families and first responders and all those who had to experience such a horrific event.
Thank you to the first responders, coaches, parents, and students who put their lives on the line to prevent this tragedy from escalating further, and in cases used their own bodies to shield others. Thank you to the supporting agencies who quickly responded.
As our community continues to heal, I am confident we will become closer, stronger and even more resilient because of the amazing people in and around the community. #prayforchoctaw, #prayfordelcity, #strongertogether, #choctawstrong

The Oklahoma Secondary School Activities Association released a statement Saturday morning.

The OSSAA is deeply saddened and concerned with the shootings that took place last night at high school football games in Oklahoma. Our thoughts and prayers go out to everyone who was in attendance. We have offered our assistance and support to all the schools involved as they continue to gather details.

Monday Updates

The superintendents for Choctaw-Nicoma Park and Mid-Del Schools joined News 9 Monday morning after a shooting at a high school football game left one person dead.

"At Midwest City High School, we lost a student," Mid-Del Superintendent Dr. Rick Cobb said. "I've lost count of how many school districts have offered to send counselors to help us out."

Both superintendents however praised the support from the community members when the shooting happened.

"This is a family, this is a close-knit community," CNP Superintendent David Reid said. "When shots rang out, everyone worked together for the safety of all."

Dr. Cobb also said he was proud to be part of a community that works together.

"I just want to say how proud I am of our whole community," Dr. Cobb said. "Our kids, our staff, the parents, businesses and churches jumping into the gap to help us."

Choctaw Shooting: The Investigations

The Choctaw Police Department is handling the investigation into the shooting that killed the 16-year-old Midwest City student. Officers said it's believed the incident started as an argument between two males on the visitor’s side of the field.

The Uvalde Foundation, a kids nonprofit organization, is offering a reward for anyone who may have info regarding the shooting.

The Oklahoma County Sheriff’s Office said they have opened an investigation into the incident where an off-duty Del City officer shot a 42-year-old man in the chest.

Sheriff Tommie Johnson with OCSO said "the Del City officer did not shoot the 16-year-old... Our investigation shows the Del City officer did shoot a 42-year-old in the chest... The officer perceived some sort of threat, but it is important to stress we are still very early on in the investigation and comment further on what the officer perceived."

Two officers were working off-duty at the game when the separate shootings occurred. Both officers have been placed on paid administrative leave in relation to the officer-involved shooting incident, according to Berger. The other officer did not fire any gunshots, but was placed on leave to "decompress and also be ready to interview with the sheriff's office and cooperate fully," Berger said.

Moving Forward

Choctaw has postponed their upcoming football game, originally scheduled for Friday, Sept. 1.

Mid-Del Public Schools implemented new security measures this year for their home football games in an effort to keep students, their families and other school personnel safe.

Those measures include fans walking through a new weapon detection system before entering stadiums. Fans will not be able to re-enter the stadium if they leave.

Middle and high school students are required to wear an ID to the game. Middle and elementary school students must be with a guardian to enter the game.

No bags are allowed unless it is a clear plastic tote. Firearms, weapons and explosives are prohibited from Mid-Del Public School campuses.


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