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Midwest City man accused of shooting parole officer to death appears before judge

Lester Kinchion, 21, is charged with first-degree murder in the May 18 shooting death of parole officer Jeffery Matthew McCoy, 32, of Norman, outside a Midwest City residence.
by Tim Willert Published: May 31, 2012

A Midwest City man charged in the shooting death of a parole officer made his initial appearance before a judge Wednesday.

Lester Kinchion, 21, appeared before Oklahoma County Special Judge Russell Hall via video link. He is set to appear in court June 14 for a preliminary hearing conference.

The judge tentatively appointed a public defender to represent Kinchion, who was being held Wednesday without bail in the Oklahoma County jail.

Kinchion is charged with first-degree murder in the May 18 shooting death of Jeffery Matthew McCoy, 32, of Norman, outside a Midwest City residence.

Kinchion also was charged with one count of shooting with intent to kill and one count of pointing a firearm at another, records show.

McCoy went to 1440 Maple Drive for a meeting with Cornelius Terry Jr., 44, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Kinchion punched Terry in the face when McCoy, Terry's parole officer, came to the door of the house, the affidavit shows.

Terry told police he was on the kitchen floor when Kinchion answered the door.

Witnesses reported Kinchion attacked McCoy almost immediately.

McCoy was armed with a 9 mm pistol and a baton, but Kinchion wrestled the gun away, knocked McCoy down and shot him in the head, police and witnesses said.

It is unclear why Kinchion punched Terry or attacked and shot McCoy. A Midwest City police official declined to comment on the case Wednesday, saying it is now in the hands of prosecutors.

It was McCoy's first visit to the home after an initial address check, a state Corrections Department spokesman said.

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by Tim Willert
Education Reporter
Tim Willert is a native Californian with Oklahoma ties who covers education. Prior to moving to Oklahoma in June 2011, he was as an editor for FOXSports.com in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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