Oklahoma casino dispute escalates into murder

Oklahoma casino dispute escalates into murder

A woman remained in jail this weekend after she was charged with murder in an incident that began at a gaming property in Oklahoma. The suspect is accused of shooting another woman in the parking lot.

After the argument, one or more suspects followed the would-be victim as she was driven away from the lot. They shot at the car in which she was a passenger after they caught up with her.

Tabitha Sinclair was taken to the hospital. She passed away at the hospital. The current condition of the driver was not immediately known.

According to a TV station in Oklahoma, the suspect is believed to be 32 years old. She was located by police in Oklahoma.

Homicide detectives took her into custody. She was charged with first-degree murder.

Initial reports said the dispute started at the casino. There are seven casinos operated by the Osage Nation in Oklahoma.

In March, a 35-year-old Oklahoma man was sentenced to more than 15 years in federal prison for shooting at tribal police officers. The incident happened at the Comanche Nation Casino.

US District Court Judge Scott Palk sentenced Michael Hans Oloa to over 17 years in an Oklahoma federal court. The judge ordered that Oloa be placed under supervised release for three years after his release from prison.

Oloa was indicted on two charges: assault on two federal officers and being a convicted felon in possession of a firearm. According to a statement from Oklahoma US Attorney Robert J. Troester, he entered guilty pleas on both charges last August.

Arguments among visitors often lead to violence at or near casinos. The fatal shooting at the downtown Las Vegas attraction began as a dispute. One man was killed and a bystander was injured in a shooting in the casino and entertainment district.

In October of last year, the tribe announced it may build a casino resort in Missouri. $60 million will be committed by the tribe for the project.

The tribe proposed a new entertainment district that would include a hotel, restaurants, and more.

Summary:

Suspect allegedly shot another woman following a dispute in the Osage Casino parking lot. After the argument, one or more suspects followed the would-be victim as she was driven away from the lot. They soon caught up with her in Tulsa and allegedly shot at the car in which she was a passenger. The victim, who later was identified as Tabitha Sinclair, 49, was transported to Hillcrest Hospital but later passed away.