Murder charge filed against pastor who shot son-in-law

Posted on: 7:36 am, March 2, 2013, by

OKLAHOMA CITY — Friday a first degree murder charge was handed down for pastor Michael Elder for the shooting death of Gary Davidson –his son-in-law.

Authorities say it all started when Davidson and his estranged wife April made arrangements for her to drop off a truck they shared and pick up their daughter. But as obvious from the crime scene footage, something went terribly wrong.

Just released court documents reveal the moments leading up to Davidson’s death. It reads in part: “Gary refused to let the daughter out of the house, April began to drive away.” “Gary jumped in the passenger seat,” and April tells investigators “He begins trying to pull her out of the truck while her foot was on the brake.”

It goes on to say, “Gary put his foot on the gas and the truck began to roll down the street.” Investigators say April’s father — Elder ran along side the truck–then ultimately shot and killed Davidson.

“In this case I think the key issue becomes was his daughter legitimately afraid for her life? Asks attorney Doug Friesen says if so, Elder could argue a ‘stand your ground defense’. He says the law allows a person to use up to deadly force in two situations: To protect themselves and to protect other people around them.”

April Davidson did not want to comment. We also reached out to Elder’s attorney for comment, we look forward to speaking with him.