Murder charges against Tulsa father whose two children died in a hot car are DROPPED because they have tribal ancestry and DA has 'no jurisdiction' to prosecute after Supreme Court rules that much of Oklahoma is tribal land
July 15, 2020
Dustin Lee Dennis, 31, was charged with two counts of second-degree murder and child neglect over the deaths of his children Teagan, 4, and Ryan, 3
The two kids died on June 13 after being locked inside Dennis's truck for five hours in 90 degree heat while he took a nap indoors
Tulsa prosecutors filed charges against him Friday
DA Steve Kunzweiler Monday announced he had been forced to drop the charges because the children are tribal citizens
A Supreme Court ruling last week decided that crimes involving tribal citizens and on tribal land fall under federal and not state jurisdiction
The federal government could now file murder charges against Dennis
Murder charges against an Oklahoma father whose two children died in a hot car have been dropped because they have tribal ancestry which means the district attorney has 'no jurisdiction' to prosecute him for the crimes.
Tulsa authorities dismissed their prosecution of Dustin Lee Dennis, 31, Monday - just three days after charges of second-degree murder and child neglect were filed against him.
Teagan, 4, and Ryan, 3, were found dead on June 13 after being locked inside Dennis's truck for five hours in 90 degree heat while he took a nap indoors.
Dennis was arrested and charged over their deaths but local authorities were forced to drop the charges Monday after new information came to light about the children's tribal heritage.