Makayla Brown

A 14-year-old girl accused of first-degree murder waived her right to the probable cause portion of her preliminary hearing at a Payne County courthouse Thursday morning.

Makayla Dawn Brown, who is charged in the fatal shooting of 45-year-old Mario Smith Sr., is now awaiting the results of a psychological exam that will be used to determine whether she should be charged as an adult, juvenile or a youthful offender. Brown was originally charged as an adult after Smith’s body was found in his home in Ripley on April 21.

Brown will appear in court for her certification hearing on whether she will still be tried as an adult at 9 a.m. Aug. 29.

 In May, Brown’s defense attorneys - Shawn Jefferson and Jeffery Trevillion - filed for the psychological evaluation, as well as a certification study and “the complete juvenile record of the Accused ... if such records exist,” before the preliminary hearing occurred, according to court documents. The Oklahoma Department of Juvenile Affairs filed its report, and Judge Katherine Thomas ordered the report be sealed as it contains confidential information of Brown’s.

Thomas also addressed family members of both sides in the courtroom, iterating the court has “absolutely no tolerance whatsoever for any disturbance” that may occur during case proceedings, and threatened that future incidents would lead to people being escorted from the courtroom, as well as potential incarceration and criminal charges. She addressed the matter due to an argument that occurred outside the courtroom as people waited for court to come to session.

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