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(Stillwater, Okla.) — A Cushing man has been ordered to appear in court Dec. 31 for a preliminary hearing on charges of endeavoring to manufacture methamphetamine, concealing stolen property and threatening to kill his wife with a machete.

Bryan Ray McNeal, 30, could receive a life prison term plus 17 years’ incarceration and at least a $50,000 fine if convicted of all charges. He remains free on $35,000 total bail.

McNeal’s latest arrest came on Oct. 29 when the vehicle in which he was a passenger was stopped at 9th Street and Highway 99 east of Cushing for crossing the center line, according to an affidavit by Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Paul Fox.

At the time, McNeal was free on $10,000 bail on charges of pushing his wife to the ground and threatening to kill her with a machete on July 11, court records show.

During the traffic stop in October, while the deputy was on the radio with a dispatcher, “I observed that Mr. McNeal was making furtive movements as if he was getting something out of the coveralls he was wearing,” Fox alleged in an affidavit.

“I returned to the vehicle, and in doing so I observed that Mr. McNeal’s hands were empty,” the deputy wrote in his affidavit.

“I asked that the rear passenger, Mr. Bryan McNeal, exit the vehicle and explained to him that I was doing so for my safety,” while he checked the area where a man — who was arrested on an outstanding warrant — was sitting, the deputy wrote in his affidavit.

When McNeal moved back to the passenger side of the vehicle after being told to step back towards the deputy’s patrol car, the deputy considered McNeal’s movements suspicious, the affidavit alleged.

Smelling an odor associated with paint solvent that can be ued to make methamphetamine, “I checked the back seat area where Mr. McNeal was seated,” the deputy wrote in his affidavit.

The deputy found a “one-pot” methamphetamine bottle under a black coat next to where McNeal was sitting, the affidavit alleged.

After a search warrant was obtained for McNeal’s residence, deputies allegedly found ingredients that can be used to make methamphetamine in a burn pile outside the back door, according to the affidavit.

“In a recently disturbed area of ground south and west of the residence, Deputy Nack dug into the ground and found a round tin which contained four baggies with a white residue, which field-tested presumptive for methamphetamine, eight snorting straws, a lightbulb smoking pipe and used coffee filters,” the affidavit alleged.

“Also at the entrance onto Mr. McNeal’s property, which cannot be traveled to without crossing other persons’ property, in other words not accessible to the public, was a Neighborhood Watch sign which is owned by the Payne County Sheriff’s Office and intended for use in rural neighborhoods,” the affidavit alleged.

Three and one-months before McNeal’s arrest on those charges, he was arrested at his residence for alleged domestic violence on his wife about 3:10 p.m. on July 11, court records show.

Payne County Sheriff’s Deputy Nick Myers was sent to the location east of Cushing on a report of a “domestic in progress,” according to his affidavit.

McNeal’s wife was “extremely upset, crying and shaking” when she came out of a white minivan, the affidavit said.

After she said that McNeal was in the travel trailer, “I knocked on the door and Mr. McNeal yelled ‘WHAT.’ I announced myself as a deputy sheriff and asked him to come out,” which McNeal did, Myers wrote in his affidavit.

While Deputy Myers talked to McNeal, Deputy Fox talked to his wife, who described “how Mr. McNeal had taken a machete to his neck and threatened to kill himself in front of the children and her,” the affidavit alleged.

“Mr. McNeal had ripped the battery out of the minivan preventing her and the children from leaving, holding them against their will,” the affidavit alleged.

In a statement that McNeal’s wife filled out at the Cushing police station, she said that when she first arrived at the trailer, “Mr. McNeal came out of the house with a machete and threatened to kill her,” the affidavit alleged.

She pulled away from him and tried to get her wallet, the affidavit alleged.

“Mr. McNeal pushed her out of the trailer on the ground. Mr. McNeal then hit himself in the back of the neck with the machete,” the affidavit alleged.

His wife “locked herself in the minivan just outside the trailer and then Mr. McNeal ripped the battery out of the van and told her she was not leaving,” the affidavit alleged.

“During this entire incident, the children were present,” the affidavit alleged.



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