Manslaughter Charges Filed Following Domestic Brawl Near Big Cedar

BIG CEDAR, Okla. (KFSM) — Two people are facing manslaughter charges following a domestic brawl in Big Cedar, Oklahoma on Wednesday (Jan. 23).

Manslaughter charges were filed against Jonathan Martin, 31, and Rachel Wells, 29, on Wednesday (Jan. 30). They also face child abuse by injury charges. Martin is facing a domestic assault and battery in the presence of minors charge. Wells was charged with domestic abuse-assault and battery in the presence of a minor.

LeFlore County Sheriff's Deputies arrested the two after a woman and a child were allegedly assaulted during a fight at a home near Big Cedar. A deceased elderly male was also found at the residence when deputies responded.

Seal said a woman at the home said Martin and Wells assaulted her and a 14-year-old before fleeing.

Investigators said the woman at the home told them to leave and did not want them on the property. A suggestion, officers said was not an option.

"We had to. One, we had a person in there that was deceased, and we had a report of a physical altercation and domestic assault that had taken place there," Seale said.

Investigators said Martin and Wells were taken into custody by Polk County deputies who were familiar with the pair.

Investigators also said all involved were intoxicated at the time of the incident.

It wasn't immediately clear Thursday (Jan. 24) if the man's death resulted from the fight. His body has been sent to the state medical examiner's office in Tulsa for an autopsy.

"Not necessarily the injury sustained from the physical altercation but if that physical altercation leads to something else that caused that death it could lead to a manslaughter charge," The Sheriff said.

Seal said in the last year deputies have been called to the same home nearly a dozen times for different types of disturbance calls.

Martin and Wells were being held Thursday at the LeFlore County Detention Center. Their bonds were raised from $75,000 to $135,000 following manslaughter charges being filed.

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