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Midwest City mom recounts home invasion shooting at man's trial

Amanda Walworth tells jury she was only trying to protect her children when she fired shots that killed Marquis Patterson and wounded Dewayne Kemp.
by Tim Willert Published: June 13, 2012

A Midwest City mother wiped away tears as she recalled shooting two intruders as her young children slept nearby.

Amanda Walworth testified Tuesday in the murder trial of one of those intruders.

She described being awakened about 8 a.m. Oct. 21, 2010, by a sound so loud she thought it was an earthquake.

When she heard a “second really loud noise” she knew “that somebody was breaking in.”

That's when Walworth grabbed a 9 mm handgun from the nightstand next to her bed and went to investigate. As she walked slowly down the hall of her home in the 9300 block of NE 14, past her children's rooms, she noticed a light coming from the living room.

Then she saw two men, one holding her flat-screen TV and the other bending over to pick up some cords.

“I stepped to the end of the hallway and fired,” Walworth testified.

She said she was only trying to get the men out of her house to protect her children.

“I was scared,” she said.

One of the intruders, Marquis Lee Patterson, 15, was shot twice in the back and died.

“He fell to his knees and laid down,” Walworth said.

Prosecutors allege the other suspected intruder, Dewayne Edward Kemp, ran out the front door with a bullet wound to the stomach.

“I stopped shooting when he turned right out the door,” Walworth said. “That was the first time I fired that gun and it was the last.”

Kemp is charged with first-degree murder in Patterson's death, even though he didn't pull the trigger. Kemp, 17, also is charged with first-degree burglary.

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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 in Century City, Calif., and reported on courts for the Los Angeles Daily Journal and...
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