Christina McKee has detailed a complex history between her and the homicide victim in her murder case prior to the incident in question.
McKee, who has been charged with first-degree murder, aggravated assault and felon in possession of a firearm in the Oct. 2 death of Shawn Sewell, is scheduled for trial on Aug. 9 in Crawford County Circuit Court in the slaying. McKee in an April forensic report told Arkansas State Hospital officials she and Sewell had been in a manipulative relationship and had an emotional confrontation prior to his death.
McKee around 5:30 p.m. Oct. 2 allegedly shot Sewell twice in his truck outside his place of work in the 5200 block of Alma Highway. Sewell allegedly told a store clerk McKee had a gun and was going to kill him, according to the affidavit. She was arrested by Van Buren police that evening at a gas station.
Police reported McKee admitted she had used methamphetamine two days prior to the incident and felt suicidal, the forensic report states.
McKee in the forensic report told her interviewer at the Arkansas State Hospital she and Sewell were in a relationship and had cheated on each other. As a result, she was planning her own death.
“I wanted to kill myself in front of him, so he could see if I was so worthless to him, he might as well watch me die,” McKee said of the incident. The interviewer noted she cried throughout the interview.
McKee said she gave Sewell his belongings and smoked meth in the vehicle with him before firing the shots. She said they got in an argument when his phone rang because she thought it was another woman, the report states.
Sewell during the argument called McKee a “piece of s—-,” McKee said, which prompted her to produce the gun and place it to her head. She said he grabbed her wrist and pulled the gun away, which is when his phone went off again. He slapped her hand when she reached for his phone, the report states.
McKee said she shot Sewell in the side when he smacked her hand. She said she shot him in the head when he screamed in her face as she tried to help him after the first shot was fired, the report states.
McKee told the interviewer that pulling the trigger was “a freak accident.”
Crawford County Chief Deputy Jimmy Damante said McKee and Sewell both had a history of domestic incidents prior to the homicide.
McKee has pleaded not guilty to her charges, according to records.