New details are emerging about an October homicide in Chickasha involving a father and son.
About 10:15 p.m. on October 19, Chickasha police responded to a home in the 900 block of 13th Street after receiving a 911 call from a woman stating her husband was found deceased in the backyard.
When officers arrived, Charles Ray was found unresponsive and lying next to a concrete block.
Officers arrested Ray’s son, Phillip Ray, 43, at the home who has since been charged with one count of second-degree murder.
According to officers, it appeared Phillip Ray had just washed himself and blood could still be seen on his clothes when he approached them in the home.
Investigators said Ray’s son beat his father in the head with a concrete block.
While leaving the home in handcuffs, Phillip Ray told police Charles Ray “stared at the moon and did not suffer.”
After mumbling words, Phillip Ray went on to say “he (Charles) wasn’t scared, he accepted what he had did” and “he (Charles) was happy for me.”
Court records indicate Phillip Ray has a history of mental illness and substance abuse.
It’s unclear what led up to the altercation.
“Really it is a tragic, tragic loss,” neighbor Dylan Summers told News 9 in October.
Summers said he would talk to Charles Ray while mowing his lawn, referring to Charles Ray as a sweet man.
“Being this close to home you want to know why and how come something this tragic happened to somebody, to such sweet people,” Summers told News 9 in October. “It really is a tragic loss. I really do hope for peace for the family and for the wife.”
Phillip Ray is due back in court on November 15.