ADA—Judge Thomas Landrith denied a motion to withdraw a plea agreement between the State of Oklahoma and Scotty Ladell Brooks, 27, Ada on Thursday.

Brooks was sentenced to life without parole after a plea agreement for the Dec. 2, 2006 shooting death of 17-year-old Dale Catron. Brooks filed a motion to withdraw his plea in early November, according to a spokesperson at the District Attorney’s Office.

“Brooks alleged he was pressured into taking the plea,” Assistant District Attorney Chris Ross said. “Both of his attorneys and the investigator testified he had not been pressured, he knew what he was doing and it was voluntary,” Ross said.

Brooks pleaded no contest to first-degree murder and was sentenced on Oct. 25, 2007. Lethal injection was a possibility, but Brooks avoided it with the plea bargain. Brooks faced eight other Pontotoc County criminal charges including possession of cocaine and trafficking cocaine base, which were dropped as part of the plea agreement.

By law, Brooks had 10 days to withdraw his plea. His motion to withdraw was not filed until Nov. 7, so the State of Oklahoma filed a motion in Pontotoc County District Court asking that the court deny Brook’s motion.

Brooks remains in Pontotoc County jail and will be transferred to Lexington Prison in January of 2008. Brooks can still appeal his sentence through the Oklahoma Department of Corrections.

Dale Catron was a student at Tishomingo High School and was visiting family in Ada when the shooting occurred. Prosecutors said Brooks shot and killed Catron in the early morning hours of Dec. 2, 2006. Catron’s cousin told police the two were walking in Ada when they were invited into a home in the 500 block of W. 14th at about 10:45 p.m. There, Brooks was drinking with friends. The cousin said Catron was shot after he claimed gang affiliation, the report said.

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