Authorities: Okla. man suffocated with underwear

McLOUD, Okla. - A former marine is facing a murder charge for killing his stepfather with underwear, investigators say.

Brad Davis, 33, is accused of suffocating his stepfather during a fight days before Christmas in Pottawatomie County.

Investigators say both men were drinking at the home near McLoud on Dec. 21 when Davis' stepfather, Denver St. Clair, spoke "ill of Davis' mother."

According to an affidavit, Davis claimed his stepfather "swung first," then Davis fought back, giving his stepfather an "atomic wedgie."  Davis said after the fight his stepfather stopped breathing.

Davis called 911 and St. Clair was pronounced deceased by the time officers arrived at the scene.

According to the affidavit, St. Clair had multiple blunt force injuries to his face and his "elastic underwear waistband had been stretched up over his head," leaving a ligature mark around his neck.  Blood was found in the living room and kitchen areas.

Investigators say Davis admitted hitting St. Clair several times until St. Clair lost consciousness.  It was then, according to the affidavit, that Davis "grabbed St. Clair's underwear and gave him an 'atomic wedgie.'"

On Dec. 27, the state medical examiner determined St. Clair died of blunt force trauma and/or asphyxiation.

"We continued our investigation and uncovered evidence that led us to believe that this was more than just a fight,"  Sheriff Mike Booth said.

After investigators acquired a warrant to search Davis' cellphone, they found photographs that show St. Clair lying in the living room floor in a smear of blood, according to the affidavit, and there were pictures prior to having his underwear pulled over his head as well as after. Investigators believe the photos show the crime scene had been altered prior to officers' arrival.

Davis was booked into the Pottawatomie County Jail where a judge ordered him held without bond for first-degree murder.

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