Man accused of lighting father on fire in southwest Oklahoma City

David Anthony Smith, 38, was arrested on complaints of attempted murder, arson and possession of a controlled dangerous substance without a prescription, Oklahoma City police said.
by LeighAnne Manwarren Modified: April 23, 2013 at 3:43 pm •  Published: April 23, 2013

A man is accused of pouring gasoline on his father and lighting him on fire Monday in their southwest Oklahoma City home, police said.

David Anthony Smith, 38, was arrested on complaints of attempted murder, arson and possession of a controlled dangerous substance without a prescription.

Police were called about 5:45 p.m. to a house in the 2300 block of SW 49. A man was being treated by paramedics for burn injuries on his face and legs when officers arrived, according to the incident report.

The 60-year-old man told police he and his son had an argument when he asked his son to turn down his music on a stereo. The son instead turned up the music and threw his stereo remote at his father.

The son went to the kitchen, grabbed a can of gasoline, poured it on his father and threw a cigarette lighter on him, causing him to catch on fire, the man told police.

A woman who was in the house said she saw the son light his father on fire, according to the incident report.

The father was treated at Integris Baptist Medical Center and released, hospital spokeswoman Brooke Cayot said.

Smith was arrested near S Agnew Avenue and SW 46. He was taken to the Oklahoma County jail and is being held without bail, jail officials said.


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by LeighAnne Manwarren
Breaking News Reporter
LeighAnne Manwarren is a reporter covering breaking news, crime and weather for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. An Oklahoma City native, Manwarren is a University of Oklahoma journalism alum and has interned for The Oklahoman, the Oklahoma Gazette,...
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