Ada man accused of attacking cameraman pleads guilty

By: KXII Staff Email
By: KXII Staff Email

ADA, Okla. -- An Oklahoma City photographer was attacked while covering a story back in October. On Monday, the man who attacked him is set to appear in court.

Johnnie Levi Byrd, stands accused of punching Oklahoma City cameraman Bryan Akerman several times while Akerman was shooting video of a story on October 15th. That was when an Ada woman was attacked and killed by local dogs (see ‘related stories’ below).

Byrd, who is a relative of the woman who was attacked and killed, was charged with one count of assault and battery and plead guilty Tuesday afternoon. He was given a $350 fine and three months probation.

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  • by Anonymous on Dec 6, 2007 at 09:31 AM
    Granted the guy didnt need to punch the cameraman, but somewhere a solid line needs to be draw with the media. There are numerous cases of accidents and/or deaths involving the media chasing celebrities..etc. The media does and will over-step their bounds at times and have no respect for personal property or space. They just want the story, NOT ALL, but some are like that. Watch Papparozzi.
  • by P. U. Nethgil Location: Sherman on Dec 5, 2007 at 07:08 AM
    Telling the person to leave is one thing, just beating the crap out of the guy is another. He's lucky he didn't get jail time for that move.
  • by Resident Location: Sherman on Dec 4, 2007 at 02:45 PM
    Quite frankly its a little disrespectful to be filming if you see the family is in the vicinity and mourning the loss of a loved one. Granted its the guys job but have a little decency. he could have come back a little later and filmed the grass and trees for his footage. Since that's all he shot was back drop it seemed. In turn they could have asked him to leave and returned at a later time. Could have been handled better by both parties here. I know the feeling of being pestered by media after the death of a loved one, and I told more than one person to take a flyin leap and have some respect for the mourning family.
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