CHICKASHA — A Blanchard man set to be tried in a high-profile home invasion shooting death will have to wait until at least January to have his day in front of a judge and jury.
Dustin Louis Stewart, 31, is charged with first-degree murder in connection with the shooting death of his friend, who was apparently trying to break into the home of Sarah McKinley, who at the time was only 18 and newly widowed.
Stewart told police he waited outside while Justin Shane Martin broke into McKinley's mobile home. The young mother, who was on the phone with a 911 operator at the time of the break in, shot Martin in the chest, killing him.
The shooting occurred Dec. 31, 2011, in the middle of the afternoon. At the time, McKinley was inside the home with only her infant son. Martin, who was 24, was found slumped over a sofa with a single gunshot wound to the upper torso. Martin reportedly had a knife when he was shot.
According to prosecutors, Stewart is being charged with first-degree murder because he was present at the time of the shooting and because he told authorities he and Martin were at the residence to steal prescription medication.
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