Okla. Mom Won't Face Charges For Shooting Intruder

Published January 5, 2012 3:18AM (EST)

BLANCHARD, Okla. (AP) — Authorities don't plan to file charges against an Oklahoma woman who shot and killed a New Year's Eve intruder at her house while she had a 911 dispatcher on the phone.

But the intruder's alleged accomplice is being charged in the death.

A 911 tape released to Oklahoma City media outlets Wednesday reveals that the 18-year-old mother asked a Grady County dispatcher for permission to shoot the intruder.

The dispatcher can be heard telling Sarah McKinely: "I can't tell you that you can do that, but you have to do what you have to do to protect your baby."

McKinley's 3-month-old son was with her when she shot 24-year-old Justin Shane Martin. Oklahoma law allows the use of deadly force against intruders.

Martin's alleged accomplice is charged with first-degree murder.

By Salon Staff

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