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21-year-old man charged with murder

A 21-year-old man was jailed on $1 million bond accused of murder for the Sept. 30 shooting death of Alex Phillips.

Kristian McClendon, of Lawton, made his initial appearance in Comanche County District Court Tuesday where he was charged with first-degree murder — deliberate intent, as well as for possession of a firearm after former felony conviction and possession of a sawed-off shotgun, records indicate. He faces life in prison, life without parole or death, if convicted of the murder charge.

Lawton police were called shortly before 7:30 p.m. Sept. 30 to 1317 NW Taft on the report of a shooting. LPD Officer Patrick Kilgore reported a black man, later identified as Phillips, 23, was suffering from a gunshot wound and was lying on the floor and unresponsive inside a bedroom. A firefighter arrived and declared Phillips had died. According to the court affidavit, he had a gunshot wound to the head. His body was taken to the state Medical Examiner’s office in Oklahoma City for autopsy.


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