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Jake England and Alvin Watts, Oklahoma shooting spree suspects, set to be arraigned

Jake England, left, and Alvin Watts are each being held on more than $9 million bond. CBS

Jake England, left, and Alvin Watts
Jake England, left, and Alvin Watts are each being held on more than $9 million bond.
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(CBS/AP) TULSA, Okla. - Two Oklahoma men are set to be arraigned Monday on charges they killed three people and wounded two others during a shooting rampage this month.

Jake England, 19, and Alvin Watts, 33, are due in Tulsa County District court to face their charges of first-degree murder, shooting with the intent to kill and malicious harassment in the April 6 attacks in north Tulsa.

The harassment counts imply the victims were targeted because they are black.

"The state argues that these crimes were senseless acts of violence and showed no respect for human life," states the prosecution's motion to deny bond.

Prosecutors have described the suspects as white, but a friend said England is Cherokee Indian and is not a racist.

Investigators have speculated that the shootings were done to avenge the death of England's father, whom authorities say was fatally shot in self-defense during a struggle with a black man in 2010.

Under Oklahoma law, the potential punishment for first-degree murder is life with parole, life without parole or potentially the death penalty. The shooting with intent to kill charges carry up to life in prison.

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