Man charged in fatal Bryan Co. beating to face trial

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DURANT, Okla. (AP) - A judge has ruled there's sufficient evidence to hold a trial for a man accused of a killing earlier this year.

26-year-old Raymond Stewart is accused of killing 32-year-old Steven Lee Sessums in March. Prosecutors say Stewart beat Sessums to death and then dropped his body in a creek.

Stewart's attorney Michael Haggerty II argued there's insufficient evidence for a first-degree murder charge, which prosecutors disagreed.

Haggerty says the victim had hit other people in the home and that his client had a right to self-defense.

An affidavit shows Stewart allegedly admitted to fighting with a man in a home and driving his body to a creek. Investigators didn't say in the affidavit why the men fought.

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