Midwest City teen convicted of murder in home-invasion shooting

Dewayne Kemp, 17, of Midwest City, was charged with first-degree murder when stepbrother Marquis Patterson, 15, was shot and killed by a mother trying to protect her children.
by Tim Willert Modified: June 14, 2012 at 5:21 pm •  Published: June 15, 2012

A jury has convicted a Midwest City teenager of first-degree murder for his role in a botched home invasion robbery that left his stepbrother dead.

Jurors deliberated about an hour Wednesday before finding Dewayne Edward Kemp, 17, guilty of murder and first-degree robbery. They recommended life in prison. Kemp's sentencing is set for July 11.

Jurors declined to comment.

Kemp and stepbrother Marquis Lee Patterson were both 15 when they were shot by a Midwest City mother after they broke into her home and attempted to steal a flat-screen TV. Patterson was killed and Kemp was wounded.

Amanda Walworth testified Tuesday that she was only trying to protect herself and her two young children when she shot the intruders about 8 a.m. Oct. 21, 2010.

Kemp was charged with first-degree murder in Patterson's death. Under Oklahoma's felony murder law, a person committing a felony can be charged with first-degree murder if an accomplice dies during the crime.

“The law's unfair as it applies in this case,” Assistant Public Defender Kyle Wackenheim said.

Assistant District Attorney Adam Kallsnick declined to comment.

A co-defendant in the case, DeAungelo Quain Johnson, 18, is charged with first-degree murder and first-degree burglary.

He is accused of helping plan the home invasion and serving as lookout. His trial is pending.

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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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