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Oklahoma County preacher accused of slaying son-in-law

The trial of Michael Scott Elder, 54, is expected to conclude Friday.
by Matt Dinger Published: March 6, 2014
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An Oklahoma County jury Friday is expected to begin deliberations in the case of a preacher accused of shooting and killing his son-in-law in a dispute over a pickup.

Michael Scott Elder, 54, is charged with first-degree murder in the slaying of son-in-law Gary Davidson, 27, who was shot and killed outside his home during a dispute over a pickup Davidson and Elder’s daughter shared.

The trial, which began Feb. 24, is expected to conclude Friday.

Elder testified in the case this week, describing through tears the fatal encounter.

Davidson ran from the home to the pickup the evening of Feb. 20, 2013, and jumped into the cab with Elder’s daughter. Elder testified he feared for his daughter’s life and saw a shiny metal object in Davidson’s hand, which he thought was a gun.

Elder fired three shots, fatally wounding Davidson.

“I’m thinking, ‘He doesn’t want the truck. He wants her,’” Elder testified. “I was totally scared. She’s my daughter.”

The trial has included testimony from Elder’s daughter, April Davidson, and Oklahoma County Special Judge Larry Jones, who is an acquaintance of Elder’s.

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by Matt Dinger
Court Reporter
Matt Dinger was born and raised in Oklahoma City. He has worked in OPUBCO's News and Information Center since 2006, and has been assigned to the breaking news desk since its formation in fall 2008. He specializes in crime and police reporting.
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