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Son, father charged in Logan County beating death

A man has been charged with murder in the beating death of a Logan County man, and his father has been charged as an accessory.
BY MICHAEL KIMBALL Modified: January 5, 2011 at 12:16 pm •  Published: January 4, 2011

— Logan County prosecutors have charged a man with first-degree murder and his father with accessory to a felony in the beating death of another man at his home southwest of Guthrie.

Authorities allege William David Evans Jr., 29, of Guthrie, fatally beat Douglas Cline, 53, on Saturday at Cline's home, 12151 S Bryant Lane, Logan County sheriff's detective Thomas Kutay wrote in an affidavit filed with the charges.

Officials accuse William David Evans Sr., 65, of Guthrie, of taking his son to a hospital for treatment of injuries he suffered in the attack, but telling investigators he hadn't seen his son in about three months.

The younger Evans remained jailed Tuesday without bail. His father has been released on bail.

Deputies responding to a report of Cline's beating found him unconscious on his couch, Kutay wrote.

A friend of Cline's told investigators Evans Jr. had sent him a text message saying he was “next.”

Officials tracked the cell phone number to Evans Jr. and traced the location from where the texts were sent to a home in southern Logan County, according to the affidavit.

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