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Bail denied for Oklahoma City pastor accused of killing son-in-law

Michael Scott Elder, 53, of Oklahoma City, is accused of fatally shooting his son-in-law during a domestic dispute. Elder is charged with first-degree murder in the Feb. 20 death of Gary Davidson, 27, who was married to Elder's daughter.
BY TIM WILLERT twillert@opubco.com Published: March 7, 2013

/articleid/3763226/1/pictures/1974418">Photo - Michael Elder walks to a courtroom Thursday for a hearing at the Oklahoma County Courthouse in Oklahoma City. Elder is charged in the shooting death of his son-in-law. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman <strong>PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND - PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND</strong>
Michael Elder walks to a courtroom Thursday for a hearing at the Oklahoma County Courthouse in Oklahoma City. Elder is charged in the shooting death of his son-in-law. Photo by Paul B. Southerland, The Oklahoman PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND - PAUL B. SOUTHERLAND

April Davidson told police she drove away from a residence in the 2700 block of NW 12 when Gary Davidson refused to give her the couple's daughter.

He then jumped in the front seat of the truck and grabbed his wife, who told police her father ran alongside the moving truck and shot Davidson, according to the affidavit.

Prosecutors, however, painted a different picture of what happened. First Assistant District Attorney Scott Rowland told the judge Davidson was sitting in the backseat of the truck and was shot four times, including twice through the passenger seat headrest.

“That certainly contradicts the issue of self-defense,” Jones said before denying Elder's request for bail.

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