Stillwater News Press

April 27, 2013

Defense motion: Murder charge against Stillwater man unwarranted

By Russell Hixson
Stillwater NewsPress

STILLWATER, Okla. — Attorneys for a suspect accused of beating a man to death are trying to get the first-degree murder charge reduced to manslaughter.

The defendant, Christopher Dawes, 27, of Stillwater, appeared in court Friday morning with his attorney Royce Hobbs. He is charged with first-degree murder and domestic abuse by strangulation. Hobbs told District Judge Philip Corley he is looking into matters regarding medical evidence and the hearing was continued to May 24. At previous hearings, Hobbs has noted the medical examiner’s report did not identify a specific death blow that could be linked to his client like there would be in a shooting or stabbing case. The medical examiner’s report lists blunt force trauma as the cause of death.

Thursday Hobbs filed two motions — a motion to produce, and a motion to quash and set aside the information.