Man charged with manslaughter after friend killed while watching OKC Thunder game

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MUSTANG, Okla. - A 20-year-old Mustang man is arrested and charged with manslaughter.

The suspect is accused of causing the death of a teenage friend at a metro hotel earlier this year.

While watching an Oklahoma City Thunder playoff game in May at a LaQuinta Inn, a 19-year-old was suddenly killed.

Police say the victim, Rowdy Gray, died after getting into a fight with his friend, Greyson McFarland.

McFarland is now being accused of causing that death.

Oklahoma City police tracked McFarland down to a different hotel over the weekend and arrested him on a warrant from Canadian County.

According to the affidavit, witnesses claimed McFarland caused the death, describing how the victim "was struck in the head with the suspect's fist... and then while the victim was down, the defendant kicked the victim in the head."

That resulted in the one count of manslaughter, but not murder.

"What the DA is saying is they don't think he intended to kill this man," said David McKenzie, a local attorney. "He just went too far and death occurred as a result of the assault."

McKenzie says the manslaughter charge comes with a lower burden of proof and a far more lenient punishment.

"You don't have to prove there was intent to take human life. What you have to prove is that a life was taken during the course of a misdemeanor," said McKenzie.

The victim officially died from blunt force trauma to the head.

The suspect was booked into the Canadian County Jail but was able to post bond.

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