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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

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Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman

“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. has disabled the comments for this article.
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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