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The Shawnee News-Star
  • Sentencing delayed for McLoud man charged in murder case

  • A McLoud man was scheduled Wednesday for sentencing on a first-degree murder charge in the death of his girlfriend’s toddler child, but that sentencing was postponed until next week.
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    A McLoud man was scheduled Wednesday for sentencing on a first-degree murder charge in the death of his girlfriend’s toddler child, but that sentencing was postponed until next week.
     
    Jason William Cline, 28, pleaded guilty last month in Pottawatomie County District Court to avoid a jury trial in his case. Sentencing, which has already been postponed once, is now is scheduled for Oct. 31.
     
    Charges allege Cline caused the death of Cody Paul Chama, 3, by “willful or malicious use of reasonable force,” to the child’s head on Oct. 5, 2010.
     
    Cody died Oct. 6, 2010 at Children’s Hospital at OU Medical Center.
     
    According to the arrest affidavit originally filed in the case, Cline was the boyfriend of Chama’s mother and they all lived at a home in McLoud. Cline also was reported to be on the only adult with Cody when he suffered the injuries that led to his death.
     
    Emergency personnel responded to the home after Cline called 911 to report the child wasn’t breathing and that he had started CPR.
     
    Cody was first treated at Shawnee’s hospital and then transferred to Oklahoma City, where tests showed a brain bleed and severe hemorrhaging in both eyes, with a doctor concluding they were injuries consistent with child abuse, court documents show.
     
    McLoud police began investigating and the District Attorney’s Drug and Violent Crimes Task Force also probed the child’s death, which resulted in Cline’s arrest and charges.
     
    With Cline entering a blind guilty plea in the case, his sentence will be up to the judge. He could face life in prison with or without the possibility of parole.
     
    Watch for updates.
     
     
     
     
     

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