Police investigate homicide
Detectives are investigating a homicide after police were notified that a patient at Integris Baptist Medical Center died from injuries he suffered in an assault earlier this week. The assault had not been reported to police, Master Sgt. Gary Knight said.
Investigators learned the victim, Kerwin McFadden, 39, of Oklahoma City, was assaulted early Sunday in the street in front of his home in the 3300 block of NW 14, Knight said.
McFadden was driven to Deaconess Hospital in a private vehicle and then transferred to Baptist, police said.
McFadden was pronounced dead Monday. The cause of death was blunt force trauma to the head, the state medical examiner reported.
Anyone with information about the case is asked to call the homicide tip line at 297-1200.
From staff reports
Man is charged in woman's death
Prosecutors charged a man with first-degree murder Wednesday in the death of a woman whose body was found April 20 near Lake Overholser.
Juan Carlos Garcia Jr., 29, of Oklahoma City, is accused of killing Karen Natalia De Leon, 22, of Oklahoma City.
De Leon's mother reported her missing April 6, a day after De Leon called her and said she was assaulted by Garcia, her boyfriend, and was being held against her will, court records show.
Garcia's ex-wife told investigators he had physically and sexually assaulted her, and said she feared for De Leon's safety, according to a probable cause affidavit.
The ex-wife said Garcia told her he assaulted De Leon and warned her to “be quiet” when she asked if he had killed De Leon, police reported.
Garcia's father told police he had fled to Mexico.
Tim Willert, Staff Writer
Two are shot at bar on NE side
Police are investigating the shootings of two men at a northeast Oklahoma City bar. Both men were shot about 1:45 a.m. Wednesday outside Boots & Saddles, 2748 NE 23.
Police said one man was in critical condition but the condition of the other man was not available Wednesday evening. Both were being treated at OU Medical Center.
No one had been arrested Wednesday evening.
From staff reports
Rape, assault charges dropped
Rape and assault charges were dropped against an Ottawa County man after the victim refused to cooperate with investigators, a prosecutor said Wednesday.
A woman told authorities Charles Andrew Cassinelli, 23, raped and beat her Feb. 25, while Cassinelli's two friends watched.
The woman told authorities Cassinelli threatened her, saying he would harm her children if she told anyone about the incident.
Multiple charges filed against Cassinelli were dropped Tuesday, said Delaware County Assistant District Attorney Rogers Hughes.
There was no DNA evidence and the woman failed to cooperate, Hughes said.
Court records show four women have taken out protective orders against Cassinelli since 2007. In three of those cases, Cassinelli was ordered to stay away from the victims for three years.
Cassinelli remained in the Delaware County jail Wednesday, with bail set at $100,000 on an unrelated charge of methamphetamine distribution. He is to return to court July 15, records show.
Sheila Stogsdill, For The Oklahoman