Man awaiting trial for Fairmont Terrace killings charged in jailhouse brawl

While awaiting trial for the Jan. 7, 2013 slaying of four women in a south Tulsa apartment complex, James Poore was charged with assaulting a group of Tulsa jail detention officers.

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One of two men awaiting trial in the 2013 Fairmont Terrace quadruple homicide was charged last week with an alleged jailhouse assault on a group of detention officers, records show.

James Poore is one of seven inmates charged in the alleged assault.

Poore faces two counts of assault with a dangerous weapon, and one count each of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon and malicious injury to property.

Of the other inmates charged, three face various assault counts, one is charged with spitting on a detention officer and two were charged with obstructing an officer.

The alleged assault happened July 17, though exact details surrounding the event have not been made public. The charge sheet, filed Friday, states that Poore and six others (Jacques Anthony Falls, Montre Brown, David Lee Benson, Devante Milton Norton, Thomas Toteh and Theshann Deqwann Wallace, were involved in an incident at the jail where detention officers were struck with phones, food trays and shoes.

No probable cause affidavit exists because the suspects were all in Tulsa County custody at the time, Tulsa County District Attorneys Office spokeswoman Susan Witt said Tuesday. Whatever records the DA’s office reviewed before filing the charge are not be public record, she said.

The charging sheet alleges that Poore threw a food tray and a shoe at five detention officers, and struck one of the detention officers with a phone.

Falls also was charged with throwing a food tray at the officers, as was Toteh. Milton allegedly shoved one of the responding officers, and Wallace spit on a detention officer, according to the charging sheet.

Brown, Benson, Norton and Toteh were also charged with obstructing an officer for allegedly “obstructing” their own arrests, the document shows.

Poore also allegedly destroyed a jailhouse phone.

Poore, along with Cedric Poore, his brother, is awaiting trial for the Jan. 7, 2013, killings of Julie Jackson, 55, Misty Nunley, 33, Rebeika Powell, 23, and Kayetie Powell Melchor, 23, at the Fairmont Terrace apartment complex near 61st Street and Peoria Avenue.

Police said the women were each bound and shot in the back of the head.

Both Poore brothers face four counts of first-degree murder and are currently awaiting trial.

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