By: Patti Weaver
(Stillwater, Okla.) — A convicted felon has been accused of intimidating an Oklahoma State University police officer outside the Payne County Courthouse, as well as possessing chamber-loaded guns at his Stillwater residence on two occasions.
Kevin Lee Stanley, 38, who remains free on $105,000 total bail pending a June 7 court appearance, was alleged in affidavits by Stillwater Police Officer Josh Carson to be a “known methamphetamine trafficker” and “a convicted felon out of North Carolina and Virginia.”
“Kevin is known to behave violently, is often in possession of firearms, and recently threatened Officer Walling at the Payne County Courthouse,” Carson alleged in an affidavit filed with Stanley’s latest charge of being a felon in possession of a .45 caliber Springfield pistol chamber loaded with six more rounds in the magazine on April 8.
The day before, “As I exited the courthouse, I observed Officer Walling get into his personal truck. I observed Kevin Stanley and his father-in-law approaching Officer Walling’s truck from both the driver’s side and passenger side. I was startled because they were on either side of Officer Walling and it appeared that they were trying to gain a tactical advantage on Officer Walling by approaching from either direction.
“I quickly walked to Officer Walling’s truck. Kevin Stanley said, ‘You need to do the right thing, bud,’ as he was talking to Officer Walling. It was obvious Kevin Stanley was trying to get Officer Walling not to testify in his criminal case. Kevin was standing within arm’s reach of Officer Walling as he sat in the driver’s seat of his personal truck. Kevin’s father-in-law was able to get Kevin to leave. Officer Walling later told me they were waiting for him to walk outside so they could confront him,” Carson alleged in his affidavit.
“Officer Walling told me he explained to Kevin Stanley he was not supposed to be talking to him as he approached him in his truck. Officer Walling told me Kevin Stanley stated, ‘I don’t give a f…,’ as he continued to approach him. Officer Walling said Kevin Stanley was visibly shaking and shouting at him before I was able to get near them.
“Officer Walling drew his off-duty weapon because he was scared Kevin Stanley was about to attack him…Kevin Stanley was attempting to intimidate Officer Walling. Kevin Stanley knows where Officer Walling lives, and saw Officer Walling in his personal truck,” Carson alleged in his affidavit.
Five months earlier on Nov. 13, 2020, “Officer Walling told me he was in his back yard playing with his children on 11-12-20 at approximately 1500 hours (3 pm). Office Walling stated he heard gunshots coming from a residence south of his. Officer Walling said he heard a bullet ricochet in his general direction, so he drove to the trailer to speak with the resident.
“Officer Walling said he exited his truck and Kevin immediately pulled a pistol from his rear pocket making it visible to Officer Walling. Officer Walling said he put his hands up to de-escalate the situation and told Kevin he just wanted to talk. Officer Walling identified the gun as a Browning high power .9 mm handgun.
“Officer Walling said he confronted Kevin about shooting in his direction. Kevin told Officer Walling he was just shooting into a tree and was sorry about any ricochet. During the course of their conversation, Kevin and Officer Walling talked about guns. Kevin told Officer Walling he purchased the gun,” from the owner of a gun shop in Ponca City, the affidavit alleged.
“Kevin also explained he knew me and other officers from previous encounters. When Officer Walling left the residence, he immediately called me. I am very familiar with Kevin Stanley and know he is a three-time convicted felon. I have also known Kevin Stanley to carry guns,” Carson alleged in his affidavit.
That day, after Carson confirmed that Stanley had recently moved to the residence, Carson arrived there to serve a search warrant, according to an affidavit. “Four guns were removed from the house to include one AR-15 rifle, one .357 magnum pistol, one .9 mm pistol, and one .45 caliber pistol. All guns were chamber-loaded. Several hundred rounds were also located during the search,” Carson’s affidavit alleged.
“It should be noted several spent shell casings were located in the front drive (of Stanley’s house) affirming the complaint we received of gunshots coming from the residence the previous day,” Carson alleged in his affidavit.
If convicted of two separate charges of being a felon in possession of a firearm, on Nov. 13, 2020, and April 8 of this year, Stanley could be given as much as a 20-year prison term. If convicted of intimidating OSU Police Officer Marc Walling as a witness in his first gun charge, Stanley could be given as much as a life prison term, court records show.