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Court docs: Stillwater bail bondswoman shot man in back as he was trying to exit window

Chasity Dawn Carey faces a complaint of first degree murder in Payne County. (Stillwater Police Department)

Newly released court documents detail why Stillwater police did not believe the story of a bail bondswoman accused of shooting and killing a man last week.

Chasity Carey, the owner of Signature Bail Bonds near 7th and Main, has been charged with first-degree murder for shooting and killing Brandon Williams in her office Aug. 9, according to police. While Carey told police that she shot Williams in self-defense during a physical altercation and resulting struggle over a gun, she was later arrested after police watched surveillance video of the encounter and determined the shooting was unjustified.

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Documents show that Carey posted $35,000 bond for Williams July 31, but he gave her his Ford Mustang as collateral when he could not pay her $3,500 fee. On Aug. 8, Carey learned that Williams was planning to go to Florida, so she came up with a "ruse" to get him into her office to revoke his bond, according to police.

Carey and her 19-year-old son were present when Williams showed up to the office to purchase his car from them, according to the probable cause affidavit. Carey told police that she told Williams to stand up because she was going to put handcuffs on him, but he "flipped out," and shoved and kicked her and her son. But surveillance video shows that Williams had his hands and arms up by his head as he told Carey she would not be handcuffing him, police say.

Williams told Carey to open the door and walked to Carey's desk to grab his cell phone before going back to the door to try to leave, according to the affidavit. Williams then went around Carey's desk and to a window to see if he could get out. Police say Carey followed Williams around the desk, pulled a gun out of her desk drawer, turned toward the window and, with two hands on the gun, shot Williams in the back.

Carey's son was standing beside her and said, "Mom, you shot him," according to the affidavit. Carey reportedly responded with, "I did."

Police say there was no struggle over the gun, despite what Carey told investigators. It appeared that Williams did not even know a gun was in the office, according to the affidavit. Carey, who told police she always keeps a loaded gun in her desk drawer, does not have a concealed carry permit and is not a licensed armed bail enforcer, police say.

Carey is due in court Aug. 16.


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