Prosecutors Say Murder Suspect Targeted Victims Because They Were White
Reagan Ledbetter, KOTV, May 1, 2023
Tulsa County prosecutors charged the man accused of murdering two innocent victims, with a hate crime.
Carlton Gilford shot and killed Lundin Hathcock at the Rudisill Library and James McDaniel at a QuikTrip minutes later, police said.
District Attorney Steve Kunzweiler said based on the evidence, they believe Gilford shot both men because they were white.
“The information suggests that race played a role in it and I feel like that is something we can prove, and it is something that a judge or jury obviously needs to listen to. So we will present that information along with everything else,” said Kunzweiler.
Investigators said Gilford shot both men in the head from behind. They said Gilford continued to shoot McDaniel after he was already on the ground and even reloaded his gun and shot McDaniel in the head again.