The Edmond Sun

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July 13, 2012

State drops charges against Edmond man

EDMOND — All charges filed against a man stemming from an alleged robbery have been dismissed at the request of prosecutors.

Shantey Denell Shields, 35, of Oklahoma City, appeared in Oklahoma County District Court Wednesday before Judge D. Fred Doak. In February, Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater filed robbery, possessing a weapon while committing a felony and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon charges against Shields.

The charges stemmed from an Edmond Police Department investigation into the report of a robbery that allegedly occurred in the 2000 block of Stepping Stone Trail on Sept. 26, 2011.

On Nov. 29, Shields entered a plea of not guilty. In February, The Edmond Sun published a story in which Shields’ attorney Shawn Jefferson said Shields was innocent. Shields maintained that he was not present during the alleged robbery.

On Wednesday, during a preliminary hearing, after a request by the state, all charges against Shields were dismissed, exonerating him. Shawn Jefferson, Shields’ attorney, reiterated the point that his client maintained his innocence from the beginning.

“It’s a huge burden that’s been lifted off his shoulders,” Jefferson said.

Prater did not reply to a message left at this office this week seeking comment.

During the alleged incident, two victims were ordered to the ground and “pistol whipped,” and a cell phone was taken, according to court records. A suspect was sitting in a black colored Chevy pickup, allegedly pointing a gun at the victims, police said.

A dark blue car pulled up. A second suspect got out of the car and began pointing his gun at the victims, police said. The second suspect began striking the victims with his gun on the top of their heads, police said.

The search for the second suspect led police to a home on Silvertree Lane where officers found the second suspect, Shields and items including guns and 800 pounds of marijuana, police said. Police called it the largest marijuana bust in Edmond history.

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