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.
“That's when I heard the first shot,” she said, adding that the defendant “looked in my direction.”
‘Shot him in the head'
A neighbor also testified seeing Kinchion, who is black, beat a white male unconscious and then shoot him once in the head.
The neighbor, Courtney Humphrey, of Midwest City, testified that she saw two men fighting in the street, and the man she identified as Kinchion standing over the officer, punching him in the face.
“He was limp … lying on the ground ... with a gun pointed at his head,” Humphrey recounted on the witness stand Friday. “And then he shot him in the head.”
Humphrey, whose 6-year-old daughter also viewed the attack, testified seeing the defendant remove the victim's belt, fold it in half and snap it as he ran around in the street.
Kinchion, she said, pounded his chest with his fists before firing several shots toward the sky as the victim lay motionless in a pool of blood.
Family and friends of the victim, including his parents and wife, packed the courtroom of Special Judge D. Fred Doak, who set a Dec. 7 date for Kinchion to be formally arraigned.
Several corrections officers said they came to support the victim's family, but declined to comment further. Family members of the victim also declined to comment.
District Attorney David Prater, who is prosecuting the case along with First Assistant District Attorney Scott Rowland, declined to comment outside the courtroom.
The judge is expected to order the defendant to trial when he is arraigned, and prosecutors indicated at the hearing they plan to file a Bill of Particulars requesting Kinchion be put to death.