A man who killed five children and his own brother in February deserves capital punishment, say prosecutors in Oklahoma. The Muskogee County District Attorney’s Office are seeking the death penalty against Jarron Deajon Pridgeon, 25, according to a Tulsa World report.
The victims are the defendant’s brother Javarion Lee, 24, and five young children: Jalaiya Pridgeon, 1, Jaidus Pridgeon, 3, Harmony Anderson, 5, Neveah Pridgeon, 6, and Que’dynce Anderson, 9. Defendant Pridgeon also allegedly shot the children’s mother Brittany Anderson. Anderson’s sister Raven Anderson told KOTV that Pridgeon was father to three of the children.
“He is not a person,” Raven said. “He is a monster. And on top of being a monster, he is a coward for doing what he did.”
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“They were great kids,” she added of the five children. “They were smart. They were full of happiness, energy. They loved life.”
Noting the aggravating factors, District Attorney Orvil Loge (D) and First Assistant District Attorney Larry Edwards said that Jarron Pridgeon knowingly created risk of death to multiple people, that there is a chance he will keep being a threat to society if released, and that the killings were “especially heinous, atrocious or cruel,” according to Tulsa World.
Pridgeon’s defense lawyer Gretchen Mosley said in a closing argument that her client has “serious” mental health needs, and she cited comments he allegedly made during his arrest about “seven chakras,” and his distrust of government.
He is reportedly serving a 10-year sentence for a 2019 assault case after previously getting a deferred sentence on account of a mental health evaluation.
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