Allen was killed during a robbery.
The crime occurred in March, 2014 in Lawton, Oklahoma. The impending trial was reported June 29, 2015.
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A Lawton man facing murder charges stemming from a shooting at a northwest Lawton motel will stand trial for the crime.
Robert Long returned to the Comanche County District Court for his preliminary hearing for the shooting of Johnny Allen. Prosecutors say Long robbed Allen and another man in March of last year. Allen was shot to death during the robbery.
Long was charged with the crime nine months later, while serving time for a drug conviction.
Blood on Long's pants was eventually tested and came back positive to being Allen's, and that's what connected him to the murder.
It did not take long for Comanche County District Judge Kenny Harris to be convinced there was enough evidence for Robert Long to stand trial. Only two witnesses took the stand, both of them are detectives with the Lawton Police Department.
Detective David Shucker was the on-call crime scene investigator for the case. He says when he was called in for the shooting, Allen was still alive at the hospital and he went to take pictures of his gunshot wounds to his torso, calf and wrist. He testified that by the time he left the hospital and arrived at the crime scene, Allen had already died in surgery.
At the motel, Shucker says he recovered seven 9mm shell casings that would eventually be tied to Long. That wasn't the most damaging evidence.
Shucker says the Lawton Gang Unit had received a tip that Long could be a suspect for the murder. When they searched his house, just a third of a mile from the murder, they found tennis shoes that appeared to have blood on them and 9mm bullets, similar to those casings found at the motel room.
Shucker says Long was arrested on a warrant for drug charges in September 2014. Shucker says the sweatpants he was wearing during the arrest had blood on them as well, months later. Those were sent to the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation where the shoes were already being tested.
A report from OSBI that was entered before the state rested was the convincing evidence to have Long stand trial. It stated the tennis shoes had Allen's blood and Long's DNA. The sweat pants had gun residue and Allen's blood.
Even with that evidence, Long's attorney asked for the case to be thrown out. Saying another suspect should be looked at instead, because before Allen died he said it was a tall black male. Long's attorney says Long is only 5'9” and the other suspect is around 6'3”.
Judge Harris denied the request and said everyone looks tall when you're lying on the ground suffering from a gunshot wound.
Long will be back in court next week where he will find out his trial date. He's still being held on a $1 million bond.
2014 news report:
An Oklahoma prison inmate has been charged in connection with the Lawton's seventh homicide of 2014.
The victim, Johnny Allen, was gunned down in a northwest Lawton motel on March 7. Allen and a co-worker were staying there while on a work trip for a construction company.
Detectives working on the case say Robert Long, 28, entered Allen's room and told Allen and his co-worker “everyone down!” Allen tried to wrestle the .9 mm gun away from Long and was shot several times during the struggle. Allen reportedly collapsed on the floor and was shot again by Long as he left the room.
Long was charged Friday with first-degree murder, first-degree robbery and possession of a firearm after felony conviction. He is currently serving a prison sentence on drug and gun charges out of Comanche County at Jackie Brannon Correctional Center in McAlester.
Court records show charges were filed against Long for possession of a firearm after a felony conviction on March 11, 2014, the incident happened on February 28, 2014. According to records with the Comanche County Sheriff's Department, Long was arrested on March 13, 2014 for those charges. Long pleaded guilty to the February 28 gun possession charge on October 9.
Long is expected to be returned to Comanche County within a week for his initial court appearance.
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