Blanchard defendant gets trial date
CHICKASHA — A Blanchard man whose accomplice was shot and killed by teenage mother Sarah McKinley has a new trial date. Dustin Stewart, 30, is charged with first-degree murder in Grady County District Court because his accomplice was killed during an attempted robbery. His new trial date is set for March 25 in Chickasha. Stewart, who is free but forced to wear an ankle monitoring device, is accused of waiting outside while Justin Martin forced his way into McKinley's mobile home Dec. 31, 2011, with the intent of taking painkillers from the residence. The defendant has pleaded not guilty. McKinley shot and killed Martin while a 911 operator listened. The case garnered national attention after the recording of McKinley and the operator was made public.
ANDREW KNITTLE, STAFF WRITER
Man shot by police booked into jail
VINITA — Authorities say a man who was shot by police Wednesday was treated for injuries at a hospital and then booked into the Craig County jail. The Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation reports Michael O'Mara, 24, of Wichita, Kan., was arrested on complaints of assault with a deadly weapon and possession of a controlled dangerous substance. According to the report, two Vinita police officers and a Big Cabin officer began pursuing a vehicle about 3:30 a.m. about 1/2 mile north of the U.S. 69 and State Highway 66 junction. The vehicle went down a dead-end road and then turned and drove toward officers. That's when officers fired at O'Mara, according to the report. The OSBI did not release the names of the officers involved.
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Teen charged with manslaughter
ENID — A 16-year-old Enid boy is charged with first-degree manslaughter in the death of a woman killed in a traffic accident. Authorities said the youth is accused of being intoxicated and not having a valid driver's license when he struck another vehicle, killing Patricia Russell, 55, of Enid. Russell was pronounced dead at a hospital after the Sunday crash. The youth remains in the Garfield County jail. Police say the boy was driving at high speed before hitting a car in which Russell was a passenger. The youth suffered minor injuries and the other driver was hospitalized.