An Oklahoma Man Was Accused of Murdering His Mother. Now, He Claims the Shooting Was Assisted Suicide, Cops Say.

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Shane Smith claims he fatally shot his mother as part of a prearranged agreement.

Aug. 20 2023, Published 9:05 a.m. ET

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A man in Oklahoma allegedly shot and killed his elderly mother and then told police it was assisted suicide, according to authorities.

Around 2:15 p.m. on Aug. 13, officers responded to a 911 call from 49-year-old Shane Smith regarding a shooting at an apartment in Oklahoma City, according to The Oklahoman.

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Once at the scene, authorities found 76-year-old Connie Smith dead inside the apartment.

Shane reportedly confessed to killing his mother, according to officials.

He allegedly told police that it was part of a prearranged agreement he had with his mother to end her suffering by killing her if she became disabled by illness, The Oklahoman reported.


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Shane was arrested and charged with first-degree murder.

Authorities said they are looking into the woman’s health condition leading up to the homicide and the investigation is ongoing.


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