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August 20, 2013

Local doctor charged in shooting

DUNCAN — A Duncan physician was charged Monday for shooting the boyfriend of the doctor’s ex-wife after an argument Sunday night. The victim’s injuries were not believed to be life-threatening.

A Stephens County judge set bail at $100,000 for Oscar Morales Jr., 54, a doctor of internal medicine with a long-standing practice in Duncan, who was released on bond later Monday.

He is charged with a felony count of assault with a dangerous weapon for allegedly shooting Kelly Ray McKinnon, 57, in the driveway of Morales’ ex-wife, Rachel Morales, at 2901 Timber Ridge Drive. The charge carries a maximum penalty of up to life in prison.

According to the charge, Morales first struck McKinnon in the face with his fist and then pulled out a Diamondback 9MM caliber pistol and shot him in the lower body.

The shooting occurred after Morales brought the couple’s children to Rachel Morales’ home and McKinnon was smoking a cigar inside the garage, according to a court affidavit.

The two got into an argument, and after Rachel Morales got in between them, Morales shot McKinnon in the lower part of his body.

When police arrived, they found a pistol on the pavement and Morales was apparently applying pressure on McKinnon’s wound.

Morales was arraigned Monday afternoon after being brought up from the Stephens County jail in an orange inmate jump suit and handcuffs.

Greg Steward, an assistant district attorney in Stephens County, asked Special District Judge Jerry Herberger to set bail at $100,000 given the nature of the charge.

He also suggested that Morales wear a GPS tracking device, surrender any firearms he has and have no contact with the victim or witnesses.

E.J. Buckholts II, a Duncan attorney representing Morales, asked for a lower bail, saying his client was not a flight risk and had never been in trouble with the law.

He said Morales has lived in Duncan for 17 years, his children and elderly mother live here and he owns his medical building and practice in town.

Morales also has an oil-and-gas business in the area and had property interest in some duplexes in Duncan, Buckholts said.

He said Morales was dedicated to his patients and would not want to let them down, and he wanted to continue paying alimony and child support. The best way to ensure that was to continue seeing his patients and do so without a GPS monitor, he said.

“He’s never been in trouble a day in his life,” Buckholts told the judge. “The last thing he wants to do is have additional felony counts against him.”

Herberger set bail at $100,000 and ordered Morales to turn over any guns he owned but said he did not have to wear a GPS tracking device.

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