Brad Lee Davis, 'Atomic Wedgie' Murder Suspect, Held in Oklahoma

Friday, 10 Jan 2014 06:40 AM

By Clyde Hughes

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A 33-year-old Oklahoma man is being held on first-degree murder charges in the bizarre killing of his stepfather with what the suspect called an "atomic wedgie."

Brad Lee Davis of McLoud told authorities that a fight broke out between him and Denver St. Clair, 58,  during a Dec. 21 argument, reported KOCO-TV.  Davis said he pulled his stepfather's underwear over his head, leaving him unconscious on the ground.

Authorities said Davis described the act of pulling the underwear over St. Clair's head as the atomic wedgie. KOCO-TV said local police told them that St. Clair's death was caused by blunt force trauma and asphyxiation from the underwear being left over his head.

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Pottawatomie County Sheriff Deputy Travis Palmer told Reuters that both men had been drinking beer at St. Clair's residence when St. Clair started making negative comments about his wife, Davis' mother, which led to the fight.

Reuters reported that authorities found blood splatter in the kitchen, living room and on the living room ceiling.

According to the KOCO-TV video report Wednesday, Davis, a former Marine, told police that St. Clair swung first and he fought back in self-defense. Davis told police, according to KOCO, that he knocked out St. Clair before giving him the "atomic wedgie."

Police told KOCO-TV, though, that they believe Davis tried to stage the crime scene before calling for authorities to bolster his self-defense claim.

"I'd never seen this before, but when we first looked at our victim seeing the waistband of his underwear was around his neck," Pottawatomie County Sheriff Mike Booth told The Oklahoman.

Oklahoma state medical examiner spokeswoman Amy Elliott told The Oklahoman that the death has been ruled a homicide. A probable cause affidavit connected with the case stated that before the incident Davis sent a text message to a friend saying he was planning to harm St. Clair, stated The Oklahoman.

Reuters said that Davis was being held in the Pottawatomie County Jail without bond.

The New York Daily News reported that Tressia St. Clair, St. Clair's wife and Davis's mother, had won a permanent protective order against her husband in 2008, but still lived with him.

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