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Man accused of killing mother in shoot-out near Luther will face trial

BY MATT DINGER mdinger@opubco.com Modified: September 4, 2013 at 6:00 pm •  Published: September 5, 2013
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/articleid/3879324/1/pictures/2200575">Photo - Matthew Strickland, 24, is seen at the scene of a shoot-out that left his mother dead and stepfather wounded. Strickland is accused of shooting them both inside their mobile home near Luther. Photo provided <strong>PROVIDED</strong>
Matthew Strickland, 24, is seen at the scene of a shoot-out that left his mother dead and stepfather wounded. Strickland is accused of shooting them both inside their mobile home near Luther. Photo provided PROVIDED

Ottie Sides said he was struck by bullets five times — twice in the chest, once in the leg, once in the arm and a grazing wound to the buttocks — and returned fire at Strickland.

“He hit me three times before I started shooting back,” Ottie Sides testified.

He also said that his wife did not fire her gun during the incident.

Sides said that he retreated and grabbed a loaded 9 mm handgun, but collapsed in the office when he was trying to call for help.

Strickland's defense attorneys said that it was Strickland who later phoned 911.

Investigators said in May that Strickland was struck by several of the bullets but that none penetrated the ballistic vest he reportedly was wearing during the gunfire exchange.

Oklahoma County sheriff's Sgt. Mike Cunningham testified Wednesday that Strickland was wearing what he called a military-style ballistic vest under his shirt and a pair of kneepads underneath his jeans.

Strickland was denied bail. His next court date is Sept. 18.

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