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January 10, 2014

Local doc says he’s not guilty of shooting his ex’s boyfriend

DUNCAN — A Duncan doctor who allegedly shot his ex-wife’s boyfriend  and then immediately began treating the gunshot wound pleaded not guilty Thursday to a charge of assault and battery with a deadly weapon.

Dr. Oscar Morales Jr., 55, is scheduled to stand trial on April 14 and remains free on bail of $100,000.

The physician’s ex-wife told police that Morales shot Kelly McKinnon during an altercation in the garage of her home at 2901 Timber Ridge Dr. just after the doctor brought their  children home about 10:15 p.m. Aug. 18.

McKinnon was in the garage smoking a cigar when the shooting occurred, police said.

McKinnon survived the shooting and it is unclear if the doctor’s seemingly quick decision to apply pressure to the gunshot wound he had just inflicted on the man played a pivotal role in his survival.

The doctor’s former wife Johanna “Rachel” Morales, who called authorities to the home,  gave investigators a blow-by-blow account of the incident.

The doctor struck McKinnon in the face and then pulled a 9 mm handgun and shot him as he attempted to “come back” at her former husband, she said.

She was between the two men during the confrontation, according to a police affidavit, and the Morales’ 11-year-old daughter witnessed the incident from a window.

When officers arrived, they said the doctor was applying pressure to the bleeding man’s gunshot wound, who was struck in the lower part of his body, the police affidavit stated.

Morales, dressed in a dark suit and tie during his appearance before Associate District Judge Dennis Gay, said nothing during his court appearance other than to offer his not guilty plea.

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