- Associated Press - Tuesday, March 31, 2015

NORMAN, Okla. (AP) - A Lexington man has been ordered to stand trial after being charged with first-degree murder in the drive-by shooting death of 14-year-old Railena Rhodes.

Eighteen-year-old Cody Dallas Delano is accused of firing a rifle into a residence on Nov. 29, hitting Rhodes in the neck. 17-year-old witness Teon Nimsey was later charged as an adult with accessory in connection with the killing.

Nimsey, who testified Monday as part of a plea deal to receive credit for time served in juvenile detention, said he drove Delano and three others to a house where the suspect and another man retrieved weapons, and then helped them bury a rifle and a handgun. He claims Delano had been chased by about 10 people out of the residence where a party was being held after an altercation.

“Someone got hype for no reason and tried to start problems with Cody (Delano),” Nimsey said. “Cody tried to leave and they chased him down the street.”

Nimsey, who said he was intoxicated and high on marijuana at the time, will be allowed to go to a drug rehabilitation program as part of his plea deal. He testified that he turned himself in to police after being urged to do so by his grandmother.

Delano’s attorney, Joi McClendon, said Nimsey’s testimony is not credible and that it is the only evidence linking her client to the killing.

Delano and the Nimsey are currently being held in the Cleveland County Detention Center. Delano will be formally arraigned for the murder charge on a date set by a district judge.

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