A man serving a life sentence in state prison for a 2008 Tulsa shooting death will receive a new trial in federal court as a result of the U.S. Supreme Court decision in McGirt vs. Oklahoma issued last summer.
Jimmy Glenn Hendrix, 41, faces a first-degree murder charge in Tulsa federal court in connection with the shooting death of Jerrod Young, 26.
A Tulsa County District Court jury in 2008 found Hendrix guilty in the first-degree murder of Young outside an apartment near 41st Street and 129th East Avenue, in what prosecutors at the time called a drug-related crime.
A judge sentenced Hendrix to a life prison term for the murder conviction and a 30-year prison term for possessing a handgun as a felon.
Federal law enforcement officials in Oklahoma have been filing hundreds of cases otherwise handled in state court since a July 2020 U.S. Supreme Court decision ruled that Oklahoma didn’t have jurisdiction to try cases when the crime involved an American Indian and it occurred within the boundaries of the Muscogee (Creek) Nation reservation, which includes much of Tulsa County.
Since the McGirt ruling was issued, an Oklahoma appellate court has issued rulings expanding the measure to include the Cherokee, Chickasaw, Choctaw and Seminole nations’ Oklahoma tribal reservations.
In the federal case filed Monday involving Hendrix, he is a Cherokee Nation tribal member and the murder occurred within the Muscogee (Creek) Nation reservation boundaries, according to court records.
An affidavit submitted in support of an arrest warrant for Hendrix indicates that Young was found March 11, 2008, on the ground at the Brandywine Apartment complex, located in the 4000 block of South 130th East Avenue.
Witnesses reported that Hendrix was one of four people talking to Young shortly before he was shot.
Hendrix was later seen standing over Young, pointing a black semi-automatic handgun at the victim before threatening others not to tell anyone about the shooting.
The arrest warrant was issued after Tulsa County District Judge Tracy Priddy on Thursday vacated Hendrix’s state murder conviction and life sentence, citing the McGirt ruling, according to court records.
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