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Oklahoma witness testifies seeing defendant beat, shoot parole officer in Midwest City murder case

Prosecutors will seek the death penalty against a Midwest City man accused of killing a parole officer.
by Tim Willert Modified: October 26, 2012 at 8:23 pm •  Published: October 26, 2012

Oklahoma County prosecutors said Friday they will seek the death penalty for a man accused of killing a parole officer with the officer's gun, after a judge decided there was probable cause for the man to face trial.

Onlookers testified seeing Lester Kinchion Jr. beat the officer then shoot him at close range, remove his belongings and pound his chest as he ran around the body.

Kinchion, 21, of Midwest City, is charged with first-degree murder in the May 18 shooting death of Jeffery Matthew McCoy, 32, of Norman.

McCoy, a parole and probation officer with the state Corrections Department, was killed at a Midwest City residence in the 1400 block of Maple Drive when he arrived for a meeting with another man.

Kinchion attacked McCoy when he arrived, shot the officer with his Corrections Department-issued 9 mm pistol, and then removed the officer's belt, baton and belongings from his lifeless body, police said.

Kinchion also is charged with one count of shooting with intent to kill and one count of pointing a firearm at another.

He is accused of shooting at a Midwest City police officer who responded and pointing McCoy's gun at a woman who witnessed the attack.

The woman, Tina Murphy, was driving south on Maple Drive when she saw two men start to wrestle.

Murphy, a Del City public schools employee, watched as a “full-on fight” broke out.

She honked her horn, even got out of her car and yelled at the men to stop fighting, but to no avail.

“The black male was definitely laying into the white male,” she testified Friday at Kinchion's preliminary hearing. “All I know is it was not a good thing.”

The witness said she turned around to get back in her car when she saw the man she identified as Kinchion produce what appeared to be a 9 mm handgun.

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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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