District Attorney Calls Fatal Midwest City Shooting Justifiable Homicide


Thursday, April 28th 2011, 12:07 pm
By: News 9


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MIDWEST CITY, Oklahoma -- The Oklahoma County district attorney will not file charges against a Midwest City man who shot and killed a husband angry over rumors being spread about his wife.

Police say 32-year-old Mark Wilkinson was so angry, he went to 38-year-old Raymond Stauffer's home the night of April 16, 2011. Wilkinson believed Stauffer was behind the rumors.

Just before 10 p.m., Wilkinson banged on Stauffer's door in the 300 block of East Fairchild. Police say Stauffer didn't know who was at his home, so he grabbed his gun and opened the door.

According to police, the men began yelling at each other. Stauffer asked Wilkinson to leave, but he refused and reached for Stauffer's gun. Before he could grab it, Stauffer shot and killed him.

Wilkinson's wife was at the scene. She called 911 to report her husband had been shot.  He was pronounced dead at a nearby hospital.

The Oklahoma County district attorney announced Thursday Stauffer would not be charged, and called the shooting justifiable homicide. Under Oklahoma law, homeowners are allowed to protect themselves in their home if they believe they are being threatened.

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