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Man pleads no contest in case of Blanchard home invasion death

Dustin Stewart, 32, pleaded Monday in Grady County District Court to conspiracy to commit burglary. He was originally charged with first-degree murder in the death of Justin Martin.
BY SHEILA STOGSDILL, For The Oklahoman Modified: August 4, 2014 at 6:09 pm •  Published: August 5, 2014
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— A Blanchard man pleaded no contest to a burglary charge and received a 10-year suspended sentence in the death of a man killed during a home invasion.

Dustin Stewart, 32, pleaded Monday in Grady County District Court to conspiracy to commit burglary. He was originally charged with first-degree murder in the death of Justin Martin.

The charge against Stewart was reduced as part of a plea agreement with prosecutors.

Stewart and Martin broke into the Blanchard home of a young widow on New Year’s Eve 2011 in an apparent attempt to steal prescription drugs.

Sarah McKinley, who was 18 at the time, shot and killed Martin after calling 911. Her husband had died on Christmas Day of lung cancer.

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, authorities said.

Special prosecutor James Walters said McKinley was satisfied with the plea agreement.

Stewart was charged under state law that allows murder charges when an accomplice is killed during the commission of a felony.

McKinley was not in the courtroom and doesn’t have a published telephone number.

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