Alleged accomplice in Blanchard home invasion faces murder charge

An Oklahoma man accused of being involved in a home invasion that ended with the shooting death of one of the intruders is to be charged Wednesday with murder, a Grady County prosecutor said.
BY JULIANA KEEPING jkeeeping@opubco.com Modified: January 4, 2012 at 10:26 pm •  Published: January 4, 2012

McKinley said her four female German shepherds turned up dead within the last month.

She thinks they were poisoned. She keeps a male dog in the house with her.

She found the first dog's body three days after her husband, Kenneth McKinley, 58, entered the hospital with complications from lung cancer on Dec. 5. He died on Christmas Day.

Stewart told investigators Martin was addicted to prescription medication and had plans to burglarize the residence.

Martin knew Kenneth McKinley had recently died of cancer and suspected there were narcotics in the house, Stewart said.

Sarah McKinley said Martin knocked on her front door Dec. 29, the day she buried her husband. She said he acted strangely and left after seeing she had company. She said she did not know him.

Sarah McKinley told the dispatcher on Saturday: “This guy is up to no good. My husband just passed away. I'm here by myself with my infant baby. Can I please get an inspector out here immediately?”

A high school dropout who learned to ride and break horses at age 8, she started living with Kenneth McKinley about three years ago, she said.

The relationship turned romantic; a marriage license was issued in November.

Asked about the 40-year age difference, McKinley said: “I'm not ashamed I married him. I still love him with everything I am.”

The relationship created friction between her and her mother, Debbie Murray. When Justin was born that all changed, Murray said Wednesday.

McKinley told her mother she suspected someone was getting into the home, moving things around, in recent weeks. They aren't in the habit of locking doors in Blanchard, Murray said.

McKinley felt watched. She would call her mother, terrified, in the middle of the night.

Murray thought her daughter was imagining things because of the stress of Kenneth McKinley's illness. Neither of them called police.

Murray said she is haunted by the thought of how long it took law officers to get to the house, and she has been spending more time with her daughter since the shooting.

The Blanchard Police Department has set up an account with Chickasha Bank and Trust to try and help the family.

Sarah McKinley sold her husband's guns and other possessions to help pay for his funeral. She kept a 12-gauge shotgun for her son and also had a pistol. Her late husband taught her to shoot, she said. McKinley said she doesn't feel good that Martin is dead. But she would do it again if she had to, to protect her son.

CONTRIBUTING:

Staff Writer Tiffany Gibson


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The Blanchard police set up a donation account for Sarah McKinley at the Chickasha Bank & Trust Company. Those interested in donating can send checks to P.O. Box 548 Blanchard, OK 73010 made payable to Sarah McKinley.

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