Sheriff’s deputies said 33-year-old Brad Davis he pulled his stepfather’s underpants up over his head during a struggle Dec. 21, and investigators said they found the elastic waistband wrapped around Denver St. Clair’s neck.
The 58-year-old St. Clair was pronounced dead at the scene, and an autopsy showed his cause of death as blunt force trauma and asphyxiation.
St. Clair’s niece posted on Facebook that Davis had administered the atomic wedgie after knocking her uncle unconscious.
“I’m sure if he were conscious enough to undo the so-called wedgie, he would have been able to get it undone, but he was struck in the head with a weapon no one can find,” said Jessica Kay St. Clair Hackney on the social media site. “My uncle was killed by blunt force trauma. He may have been suffocated after being struck, but I’m almost sure that’s not the case.”
Hackney said she believes Davis told authorities about the wedgie in an attempt at “being a smart A$$” and to damage the older man’s reputation.
“It’s like he hurt the family again by trying to disgrace my uncle,” Hackney wrote.
She said investigators never told the family about the wedgie attack until it had made international news.
“Sad thing is the family wasn’t even warned about that part!” Hackney posted. “We only knew he was beat.”
Davis was charged last week with first-degree murder.
He told sheriff’s deputies his stepfather asked him to come over and then jumped him, leading to the fatal struggle.
Davis said St. Clair had badmouthed his ex-wife – Davis’s mother – who had taken out a permanent protection order against her husband in 2008 after she discovered him in a “sexual” embrace with a drinking buddy and he later threw her against a bathroom door.
She filed for divorce in 2010 but the case was dismissed, and St. Clair filed for divorce last year.
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