A father and his friend have been charged with beating his daughter’s abusive boyfriend to death.
Dearld Ray Peal Jr, 46, and Tracy Gene Price, 40, are charged with kidnapping and murder in the death of 18-year-old Anthony Pietrzak, who was found dead on Thursday in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
Pietrzak had been dating Peal’s daughter, who told her father that Pietrzak had been beating her and begged him to retaliate, police said.
The young couple were reportedly expecting a baby daughter in October.
The daughter has not been charged in connection with the murder, and police have not publicly named her.
Dearld Ray Peal Jr (left) and Tracy Gene Price (right) are charged with kidnapping and murder in the death of 18-year-old Anthony Pietrzak, who was dating Peal’s daughter
Murder victim Pietrzak (pictured) had allegedly been beating on Peal’s daughter when the young woman told her outraged father and begged him to help her, police said
On Tuesday, an anonymous caller told police that a man he knew only as Anthony had been beaten to death in his home.
A witness told homicide detectives of seeing a man being beaten, hogtied and thrown into the back of a pickup truck outside the victim’s home in north Tulsa, police said.
Pietrza’s body was found at around 2am Thursday just outside of Tulsa’s city limits and about 3 miles from his and his girlfriend’s home.
Officer Jeanne MacKenzie told The Associated Press that Pietrzak wasn’t dismembered, as earlier reports has claimed.
She said that he was hogtied when they found his body, with his hands and feet tied together.
Peal is seen with his daughter in this family photo from her childhood. The daughter, now grown, has not been charged or publicly named by police
Pietrza’s body was found at around 2am Thursday just outside of Tulsa’s city limits. Peal (right) is one of two men charged with his kidnapping and murder
‘It’s very horrific,’ MacKenzie said. ‘Just beating someone to death, there’s no other way to describe it.’
‘She got these … individuals to beat up her boyfriend because she alleged he was beating on her,’ MacKenzie said of Peal’s daughter.
MacKenzie said more arrests are possible and that detectives are trying to determine if a third man was involved in the attack.
Jail records show that Peal and Price are being held without bond and do not list an attorney for either of them.
They are due in court next Wednesday.