PAULS VALLEY -- A court hearing for a man accused of shooting two University of Oklahoma football players here last summer will have to wait because of their school activities, which include the current gridiron season.
With big football games still on the Sooners' schedule, including this Saturday's Bedlam match-up with Oklahoma State, a Garvin County prosecutor was granted a motion to push back the preliminary hearing for 23-year-old Napoleon Lewis III of Davis.
The hearing was initially scheduled to be conducted Thursday in a Pauls Valley courtroom.
Lewis, who is also known by the street name of "Three," is accused of shooting Sooner players Wayne Chambers and Ataleo Ford during a July party in the VFW Building near Pauls Valley.
With the delay granted, the new hearing date was set for Jan. 15 in Garvin County District Court.
Injured in the early morning hours of July 13 were Chambers, 19, and Ford, 22. Chambers is a linebacker from Grandview, Mo., who was moved to the Sooners' starting line-up last month after another player suffered a season-ending injury.
Ford is a reserve receiver from Ardmore.
They were with a group of about 20 OU players among the estimated 300 people attending the party at the local VFW facility.
Investigating authorities later reported the incident began with Lewis and others flashing gang-related signs at the party. Fist fights later broke out before a reported three shots rang out inside the building.