Baseball bat beating lands Bryan County man in jail

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BENNINGTON, Okla. (KXII) -- A Bryan County man is accused of selling a man drugs that left him disabled and then beating the man with a baseball bat when he complained.

Police said it happened around 7 p.m. Saturday at Kelly Tigert's home off Jennings and Richards Avenue.

Authorities said Bryan Martin confronted Tigert about drugs Martin claims Tigert sold him, which left him disabled.

Police said Tigert began hitting Martin in the head with a baseball bat.

Martin was later arrested for public intoxication, telling officers he was on his way back to Tigert's home to confront him again.

Martin had a few bumps on his head and refused medical treatment.

Neighbors we spoke with said this isn't Tigert's first run in with the law.

"Kelly has been in a lot of trouble in his lifetime so it makes you wonder," said one Bennington local. "But he's been accused of everything anyway."

According to court records, in 1997, Tigert told authorities he got into a fight with a man, went home, grabbed a shotgun, returned and fired a shot at the man's upper torso, killing him.

A jury found him not guilty of first degree murder.

"I think it's scary," said another Bennington local. "I mean there's babies that grow up around here it scares me to death."

Tigert now faces up to 10 years in prison for felony assault and battery.

"I don't like Kelly's lifestyle and I don't care for this other guy's lifestyle either," said one Bennington local.

Police said they are still investigating this incident.

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