Thursday, May 14, 2015

Man charged with murdering stepfather by way of atomic wedgie pleads guilty to manslaughter

A man from McLoud, Oklahoma, accused of fighting with his stepfather and giving him an “atomic wedgie” that led to his asphyxiation death has pleaded guilty to an amended charge. Brad Lee Davis, 34, was scheduled for a jury trial on a charge of muder on Monday in Pottawatomie County District Court.

Instead, he entered a guilty plea to the charge of first-degree manslaughter, heat of passion, court records show. A pre-sentence investigation was ordered and formal sentencing is now scheduled for July 16. Davis was accused of causing the death of his stepfather, Denver St. Clair, 58, by striking him about the face and head with force and violence on Dec. 21, 2013.

Charges alleged Davis asphyxiated St. Clair by pulling the elastic band from St. Clair’s underwear over his head while the two were involved in an altercation. During a preliminary hearing early on in the case, investigators described the crime scene and how the waistband of the victim’s underwear was stretched around the victim’s neck.

News report from time of the initial incident.

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Investigators also testified that Davis, by his own words, told authorities he gave St. Clair the “atomic wedgie” when St. Clair was unconscious. Another investigator also testified about cell phone photographs Davis allegedly took on his cell phone, some before the “atomic wedgie” had occurred and others after, with the testimony indicating there was evidence of the crime scene being altered. Davis remains jailed without bond in the Pottawatomie County Public Safety Center.

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