Parents of slain mother suing Oklahoma City police

The parents of a young mother shot and killed in April by a multiagency task force are suing the Oklahoma City Police Department and several other law enforcement agencies involved in the incident.
by Andrew Knittle Modified: July 31, 2013 at 1:00 pm •  Published: July 30, 2013
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Law enforcement personnel listed by name in the Stouts' lawsuit include Oklahoma City police officer Kevin Johnson, U.S. Marshals Service deputies Callen Stephens and Taran Groom, Oklahoma Bureau of Narcotics and Dangerous Drugs Control agent James Leone, Oklahoma Highway Patrol trooper Danny Long, Pottawatomie County sheriff's deputy Chad Pope and Canadian County sheriff's deputy Ed Grimes.

At the time of his death, Christopher Stout was being investigated in connection with numerous thefts and other crimes in multiple counties, including Pottawatomie and Payne counties.

No decision has been made on whether the shooting was justified or not.

“It's being reviewed,” Oklahoma County District Attorney David Prater said. “It's a complicated matter. There's no resolution yet,”

The lawsuit filed by Stacey Stout's parents is pending in federal court.

Autopsies for Stacey Stout and her boyfriend show the couple died from gunshot wounds.

Stacey Stout died of a single gunshot wound to the head. The hollow-point bullet removed from her head is described in the autopsy as “markedly deformed.”

Her boyfriend was shot four times, including wounds to his hand and chest. He was shot twice in the back, records show.

Signs of drugs

The autopsy reports for Stacey Stout and Christopher Stout also show that both had drugs in their systems at the time of the shooting.

A physician performing the autopsy on Christopher Stout noted that he had a “baggie with small blue pills located under his scrotum” during the examination. The pills were not identified in the report.

Reports show the couple had methamphetamines and oxycodone, a powerful narcotic painkiller, in their blood.

Christopher Stout had a higher level of both drugs in his system, toxicology reports show.

The autopsy reports reveal that Christopher Stout was driving a pickup at the time of the shooting and that he died at the scene.

Stacey Stout was pronounced dead a few hours later at a hospital.

Despite sharing the same last name, the couple were not married.


by Andrew Knittle
Investigative Reporter
Andrew Knittle has covered state water issues, tribal concerns and major criminal proceedings during his career as an Oklahoma journalist. He has won reporting awards from the state's Associated Press bureau and prides himself on finding a real...
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