Ada man, 20, arrested for attempted murder of grandmother

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PONOTOC COUNTY, Okla. -- A 20-year-old Pontotoc County man stands accused of trying to kill his grandmother. Daniel Lewis Whelchel was arrested Monday just outside of Ada.

According to the Pontotoc County Sheriff's Department, Whelchel lived with his grandmother, 60-year-old Elaine Welchel, and had done so for over 18 years.

On Sunday night, Mr. Whelchel told his grandmother he was tired of waiting for her to die naturally, and according to the sheriff, asked her if she wanted to die.

Mr. Welchel then allegedly tried to break her neck, beat her until she was unconscious, and left her in a field near Ada.

Elaine Whelchel is now recovering at a local hospital.

Daniel Whelchel faces attempted murder charges.

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