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LaRue Bratcher biography: 13 things about US Army veteran from Oklahoma City

LaRue T. Bratcher (©Oklahoma County Detention Center)
LaRue T. Bratcher (©Oklahoma County Detention Center)

LaRue T. Bratcher is an African-American man who has lived in different parts of United States including Oklahoma, California and Texas. Here are 13 more things about him:

  1. He lives in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma. He previously lived in Moore, Oklahoma and in Valencia, California. (a)
  2. He has lived in different parts of Texas including Killeen, Pearland and Copperas Cove. (a)
  3. He is a U.S. Army veteran. (b)
  4. He is married to Vicky Holguin Bratcher, who also served in the military. (c)
  5. He is Derrick Neighbors’ nephew. (c)
  6. In 2018, he established Premium Smoke LLC, a marijuana grow shop located Southeast 22nd Street and South Eastern Avenue in Oklahoma City. Oklahoma voters legalized medical marijuana that year. (b) (c)
  7. In November 2019, the business license of Premium Smoke LLC expired. He was not able to renew the license that year after learning that he would not be allowed to do so until he made almost $100,000 worth of renovations to the warehouse that housed it, according to Vicky. (c) (d)
  8. He and Vicky have five children. In January 2020, Vicky gave birth to their youngest child. (c) (e)
  9. At around 1:00 a.m. on May 26, 2020, he fatally shot Daniel Hardwick, then 42, a white man who allegedly tried to break into his marijuana grow shop. He called the police and he was arrested for operating the business without a proper permit and 480 marijuana plants worth an estimated $1.5 million were confiscated from his marijuana grow shop. (b) (c) (f)
  10. He was 33 years old when he fatally shot Hardwick on May 26, 2020. (f)
  11. On May 27, 2020, he was released on $5,000 bond. (b) (f)
  12. In June 2020, he was arrested and charged with second-degree murder. When he refused to accept a plea deal, it was upgraded to first-degree murder. (c)
  13. His trial will start on October 11, 2021. He is represented by Clay Curtis. (c) (f)

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