GUTHRIE — 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.
Deputies found Evans there, arrested him and took him to the sheriff's headquarters.
Evans was wearing clothes with blood on them and had a swollen hand.
Evans told deputies he suffered the swollen hand in a fight with a marijuana dealer, but later admitted it became swollen due to a fight with Cline, Kutay wrote.
Evans told investigators the fight started when Cline said something Evans didn't like to a female friend.
Evans told officials his father took him to the hospital, which contradicted what Evans Sr. told them earlier, according to the
Cline later died from injuries suffered in the beating. Kutay wrote in the affidavit that Cline may have survived if he had gotten medical attention sooner.
Evans Jr. told officials he had returned to Cline's home before authorities were notified of the beating, but that he only cleaned him up, turned on a heater and put it next to him and put a pillow behind his head and did not call authorities.