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A Blue man was charged Wednesday with first-degree murder and third-degree arson.


Mark Anthony Neal, 22, is being held without bail on charges of shooting Frank Wendell Owens II, 22, Bokchito, to death and then burning his pickup.


Neal was arrested Monday following an investigation by the Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation and the Bryan County Sheriff’s Office.


According to an affidavit by OSBI Agent Reanae Childers, Owens was found severely injured Sunday evening on the Blue River Bridge on Old Highway 70, and he died a short time later from a gun-shot would to the head.


The affidavit states that Childers and Sheriff’s Investigator John Haislip spoke with Owens’ father, James Owens, who said his son borrowed his pickup and a .17-caliber rifle that he thought was made by Savage and that it had an image of an Indian on it.


According to a cell-phone display, James Owens called the younger Owens at 9:56 that evening and talked to a man who was not his son.


Childers questioned Neal on Monday, and according to the affidavit, he admitted to being with Owens on the Blue River Bridge and speaking with James Owens on the phone. He also said he was present when Owens was shot, but he denied shooting him.


Shannon Posey on Tuesday told Investigator Haislip that Neal, her son, admitted to her that he shot Owens, according to the affidavit, and two people told investigators they overheard Neal tell his mother he shot Owens.


Authorities arrested another suspect, Craig Becker, 31, on Tuesday, and according to OSBI, he is expected to be charged with accessory to murder after the fact.


OSBI spokesperson Gary Perkinson said evidence revealed Becker was involved in the burning of the pickup that was discovered at approximately 2:15 a.m. Monday east of the Blue River Bridge where Owens had been shot.

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