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(Stillwater, Okla.) — An arrest warrant has been issued for a college student from Beggs who allegedly beat and kicked a Cushing teenager after being told that the teen had given methamphetamine to his sister.

Clinton Cade Burton, 19, who was visiting relatives in Cushing when the incident occurred, could be given a five-year prison term if convicted of aggravated assault and battery of Robert Watson, also 19.

Cushing Police Detective Adam Harp wrote in an affidavit filed Friday, “I asked Clinton how he felt about the assault and he said that he felt justified in the reason, but that he went too far in the kicking.

“I asked Clinton what he meant by being justified and he said because Robert gave his sister meth.

“I asked Clinton what he would have done different now looking back at the incident, and he said that he would not have kicked him.

“Clinton admits that he still would have assaulted him.”

Cushing Police Officer Brandon Hise was on patrol shortly before midnight on June 20 when he saw two trucks and several people circled up in a parking lot in the 1200 block of E. Main Street, the affidavit said.

“As he entered the parking lot, a white male with dark shorts and no shirt fled southwest. Several other people ran to his patrol car and informed him that Robert Shea Watson had just been beaten up.

“Officer Hise found Robert lying on the ground in front of his pickup truck breathing, but unconscious. Officer Hise contacted dispatch for an ambulance and began to administer first-aid.

“Robert had slight blood next to his left eye and a small amount of blood from his left ear. The ambulance arrived and transported Robert to Cushing Regional Hospital,” the affidavit said.

Two witnesses told police that Burton and Watson got into an argument about Watson’s allegedly giving methamphetamine to Burton’s sister, the affidavit said.

The witnesses said, “Clinton knocked Robert to the ground and kicked him a few times, then ran off when Officer Hise arrived at their location,” the affidavit said.

Watson was still incoherent when Officer Hise saw him at Cushing Regional Hospital from which he was airlifted to St. John’s Medical Center in Tulsa for further assessment and treatment for head injuries, the affidavit said.

While the officer was still at the Cushing hospital, he was told by a dispatcher that Burton was at the Police Department to make a statement, the affidavit said.

Burton said he was home from college visiting his family for the summer when he was told that Watson had given Burton’s sister methamphetamine, the affidavit alleged.

“Clinton (Burton) said that he became very upset because he had watched meth destroy,” two other relatives, the affidavit alleged.

“Clinton said that when Robert approached him that he asked him about giving his sister meth.

“Clinton said Robert became very argumentative and threatening, and at some point during their argument they began to fight.

“Clinton said after a couple of swings, Robert fell, and he kicked him a few times, then stopped and ran when Officer Hise drove upon the scene.

“Clinton further noted that after he calmed down, he came to the police department to make a statement,” the affidavit said.

The following morning, the Cushing detective went to St. John’s Medical Center in Tulsa where Watson’s mother said he had a brain bleed and that hospital staff had run more tests to determine if he would need surgery, the affidavit said.

She said that Watson had suffered an orbital fracture a year ago on a four-wheeler accident and had a steel plate in and “everyone knows that if he got hit around that area, he could possibly die as a result,” the affidavit said.

She said her son could speak a little, but he did not seem to know what happened, the affidavit said.

The Cushing detective wrote in his affidavit, “Robert’s left eye was black and swollen shut and I noticed dried blood inside both of his ears. Robert also had some redness on the right side of his head area.

“Robert could only tell me that some guy came up and started beating the crap out of him. I asked Robert who the guy was and he said that he did not know. I asked Robert who was with him, and he said that he did not know.

“I asked Robert if he remembered where the fight took place, and he said that he did not remember. Robert could not remember much about the events due to his medical state.”

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