A pair of women faced first-degree murder charges Tuesday for the Sept. 13 burglary of a Vinson man that resulted in the shooting death of their alleged cohort.
Starr Michell Timmons, 37, of Elk City; and Misty Dawn Puskaric, 26, of Sayre, each made an initial appearance in the Harmon County District Court to face the felony charge stemming from what investigators say is a burglary-gone-wrong. Oklahoma law allows one to be charged with first-degree murder if death results during the commission of a felony, regardless of intent.
The crime is punishable by death, life imprisonment or life imprisonment without parole, according to the charge.
The women are charged in the death of 50-year-old Mary Kathleen Sanders. According to the affidavit, Louis Felty told investigators that he was awakened from sleep Sept. 13 and found the three women inside his house in the 14000 block of N. 1747 Road in Vinson taking property and he shot and killed Sanders. One woman jumped through the bedroom window and fled with the third woman in a blue Ford Mustang.
Beckham County Undersheriff Brian Scott stopped the vehicle, found Timmons and Puskaric inside and took them into custody. During questioning, the two women admitted to having Felty's stolen property in the car.