By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Stillwater man with a criminal record of aggravated assault and battery was arraigned Thursday from the Payne County Jail on a first-degree murder charge, or in the alternative first-degree manslaughter, in connection with the fatal shooting of a Tonkawa man in the neck on Sunday.
Darwin Lonestar Marcel Doyal, 29, who remains held without bail pending a July 23 court appearance with an attorney, was arrested by Stillwater police at 4:15 a.m. Sunday as a suspect in the shooting of Jared Lance Roybal, 23, after a 16-year-old boy identified Doyal as the gunman, an affidavit filed Thursday alleged.
If convicted of first-degree murder, Doyal could be given a life prison term, with or without parole, or death, according to the charge filed Thursday by Payne County First Assistant District Attorney Kevin Etherington.
If convicted of the alternative charge of first-degree manslaughter, Doyal could be given a minimum of a four-year prison term to a maximum of a life sentence, court records show.
If convicted of an additional count of being a felon in possession of a 9mm pistol, Doyal could be given as much as a 10-year prison term, court records show.
According to an affidavit by Stillwater Police Detective Inspector Greg Miller, the shooting victim was driven in a van at 1:42 a.m. Sunday to a convenience store at 601 E. 6th Avenue by a man who ran inside and asked for medical assistance.
A 16-year-old boy was present with the victim when Stillwater police and medical personnel arrived, the affidavit said.
The boy, who is not from Stillwater and is unfamiliar with the area, said that he was with the victim when he was shot, the affidavit alleged.
The boy “assisted in backtracking the path driven from 601 E. 6th Ave. to the shooting scene in the area of Raintree Drive and Peachtree Drive in Stillwater,” the affidavit alleged.
The victim had been driving the van with a man in the front passenger seat while the boy was in the rear cabin area, the affidavit alleged.
“Jared (the victim) approached a car driving in the opposite direction. The car had stopped and the driver yelled at Jared Roybal. Jared yelled ‘What?’ and was shot in the neck by the driver of the car,” the affidavit alleged.
“Jared Roybal was in the driver seat of the van, with his door closed, when he was shot in the neck,” the affidavit alleged.
The boy “saw the shooter, but did not know him. That person drove away from the shooting location. There was at least one other person in the car driven by the shooter,” the affidavit alleged.
The victim remained in the van, while he was driven to 601 E. 6th Ave. looking for help,” the affidavit alleged.
“Officers located a white car parked in the area that matched the description of the vehicle driven by the shooter,” the affidavit alleged.
When the boy saw the car, he believed it was the shooter’s vehicle, the affidavit alleged. The car was registered to Doyal, the affidavit alleged.
At 2 a.m. Sunday, Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Dalton Ross showed a photo of Doyal to the boy, who confirmed Doyal was the person that shot Roybal, the affidavit alleged.
Roybal was transported to the Stillwater Medical Center and then airlifted to the OU Medical Center, where he died at 4:08 a.m. on Sunday, the affidavit said.
In court documents, 35 individuals are listed as prosecution witnesses, more than half of whom are Stillwater police officers.
According to Payne County court records, Doyal had been charged in May of 2016 with possessing the pain medication hydrocodone, and being intoxicated in public in the 2500 block of Lakeview in Stillwater. A year later Doyal pleaded guilty to both counts, but he was allowed to withdraw that plea eight months later and released on $10,000 bond, court records show.
Two months later, Doyal again pleaded guilty and was sentenced in April of 2018 to 10 years of probation except a 60-day jail term on the drug charge, with a concurrent 30-day jail sentence for public intoxication, court records show.
Nine days before Doyal was arrested in connection with the fatal July 7 shooting, he appeared before District Judge Phillip Corley and admitted he had violated his probation in the drug case. The judge continued his sentencing on June 28 to July 26 “for the defendant to go into treatment,” court records show.
Doyal had been accused of repeatedly punching a man on May 25, 2018, and charged with assault and battery, a misdemeanor that remains pending, court records show.
Seven years earlier, Doyal was charged in 2011 with aggravated assault and battery, domestic abuse and assault and battery, a three-count charge to which he pleaded guilty in 2012. For that aggravated assault and battery felony count, Doyal was sentenced to 180 days in the Payne County Jail followed by four and one-half years of probation with an order to pay restitution and follow treatment recommendations contained in a background report, court records show.
Doyal was also charged in 2011 with another incident of aggravated assault and battery, to which he also pleaded guilty in 2012. For that felony, Doyal was given a concurrent 180 days in the Payne County Jail followed by four and one-half years of probation. In April of 2018, the judge found he had violated his probation and gave him a 60-day jail term, court records show.
At age 18, Doyal was charged with second-degree burglary in 2008 Payne County, to which he pleaded guilty a year later. In that case, Doyal, at age 19, was sent to the Regimented Inmate Discipline (RID) prison boot camp program. When he completed that program six months later, Doyal was placed on five years’ probation under a deferred sentence in 2009, but three years later, the judge revoked that and gave him a concurrent 180-day jail term, court records show.