Man gets life for couple's 2011 slaying in Tulsa

Posted: October 30, 2013 at 1 p.m.

TULSA — One of two men accused of robbing and killing a young couple in a Tulsa park two years ago pleaded guilty under a deal that let him avoid the death penalty in exchange for a life prison sentence.

Jerard Davis, 23, pleaded guilty Tuesday to two counts of first-degree murder linked to the 2011 fatal shootings of Carissa Horton and Ethan Nichols, the Tulsa World reported. Tulsa County District Judge Bill Musseman imposed two concurrent life terms that don't include the possibility of parole.

The other defendant, 21-year-old Darren Price, is scheduled to stand trial in January on murder and robbery charges and could be sentenced to death, if convicted.

Horton, an Oral Roberts University student, and Nichols, who worked at the Blue Bell Creamery in Broken Arrow, were both shot in the head in Hicks Park in September 2011. She was 18 years old and he was 21.