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Man arrested in connection with baseball bat death

Eric Noyola, 22, was arrested Thursday on a complaint of murder in connection with the death of Richard Betancur, 29.
by Jonathan Sutton Modified: April 24, 2014 at 11:11 pm •  Published: April 24, 2014
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An Oklahoma City man was arrested in connection with the death of a man who was hit in the head with a baseball bat Saturday.

Police arrested Eric Noyola, 22, Thursday evening on a complaint of murder in connection with the death of Richard Betancur, 29. Noyola is in the Oklahoma County jail and is being held without bail, a jail official said Thursday.

Oklahoma City police responded to reports of a large fight about 4 a.m. Saturday at the Boomer Sports Complex, 3820 E Interstate 240 Service Road, where there were more than 100 people, according to a police report.

During the fight, Noyola ran to an Oklahoma County sheriff’s deputy and asked for help because people were trying to fight him, according to a police report. Witnesses then told the deputy Noyola hit Betancur in the head with a baseball bat.

What happened next?

Police arrested Noyola on complaints of assault and battery with a deadly weapon and public drunkenness. He was released from Oklahoma County jail Saturday in lieu of $5,500 bond.

Betancur had already left the scene when police arrived. He later went to the Oklahoma Heart Hospital South Campus, and died Thursday morning, police said.

The homicide is Oklahoma City’s 15th of 2014, police said.

Noyola told officers he grabbed a bat out of his car after the fight broke out and hit Betancur with it from behind, according to the arrest warrant. He said he was not trying to hit Betancur in the head but was trying to hit his arm or body to get him to stop fighting, according to the arrest warrant.

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by Jonathan Sutton
Breaking News Reporter
Jonathan Sutton is a reporter covering breaking news and crime for The Oklahoman and NewsOK.com. He grew up in Ada and has a degree in journalism from Oklahoma State University. He was the Editor-in-Chief of The Daily O'Collegian, OSU's student...
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