Chadd Evans, a former University of Colorado football player being held in a Tulsa, Okla., jail in connection with the shooting deaths of three people in Park Hill, is waiting for two police jurisdictions to decide whose criminal case will get priority.
Evans is being held without bond in the Tulsa County Jail on a warrant from Denver police. But he also faces multiple felony charges in Oklahoma, including armed robbery, drug possession, child neglect, a weapons charge and a gang-related charge, according to the Tulsa County Inmate Information Center.
It is unclear when he may return to Denver to face charges, said Lynn Kimbrough, a spokeswoman for the Denver District Attorney's office.
Steve Kunzweiler, the Tulsa County district attorney, said his office is working with Denver's DA, and a decision should be made within a week over whose case will go first.
Several factors will be taken into consideration, such as the quality of evidence in the various cases, but typically the jurisdiction with the most serious charges would get priority, Kunzweiler said.
In Evans' case, that would be Denver.
Evans first must appear on his Oklahoma charges, and it ultimately is up to the Tulsa district attorney to decide which case gets priority, Kimbrough said. The Tulsa DA could prosecute him locally and then send him to Denver or give Denver the first chance at prosecution because it has the more serious charges pending, Kimbrough said.
Once it is time for Evans to report to Denver, he can waive extradition or fight it, something that would delay his case in Denver even longer, Kimbrough said.
"It's more of a dance than a science," Kimbrough said of negotiations between jurisdictions in these situations.
Evans was apprehended by the Tulsa Police Department on Tuesday as he was driving on a highway just north of the city, said Officer Leland Ashley, a Tulsa police spokesman. Evans did not resist police.
"He knew we were behind him and he pulled over," Ashley said.
Evans, who played high school football in Tulsa, spent one year on the CU roster as a defensive end. He transferred in 2004 to the University of Tulsa but played there only in the 2005 season. He left the Golden Hurricane in 2006, according to an article in the Tulsa World newspaper.
The article described Evans as "a boisterous player not afraid to display emotions."
Denver police have called the shooting deaths "a drug deal gone extremely bad." They were called Friday night to a duplex on the 3600 block of Hudson Street, where Devonne Burton, 28, and Sean Point, 27, were found dead inside. A third man, 27-year-old Derrius Woods, was dropped off by a private party at Children's Hospital Colorado in Aurora, where he died. All three died of multiple gunshot wounds, the Denver medical examiner reported.
A fourth man was wounded.
Police have said there are other possible suspects in the case. They have asked Denver media not to publish Evans' photograph because more lineups with witnesses are needed.