Beating of local man being investigated

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The Merchants’ all-terrain vehicle pictured at Lake Texoma after Mark Merchant was beaten July 2. (Photo provided)

From Staff Reports

MADILL – A Yukon man was brutally attacked in a Marshall County incident at Lake Texoma, authorities reported.

Mark Merchant, 63, was attacked the night of Thursday, July 2 at Taylor’s Island View on the south edge of Marshall County.

Sheriff Danny Cryer told local reporters he is looking for two teenage male suspects.

Thursday, Cryer said a number of people are being interviewed.

No arrests have been reported.

Merchant was rushed to an Ardmore hospital and then taken to OU Medical Center in Oklahoma City where he was in good condition on Thursday, a hospital spokeswoman reported.

His wife Brenda Merchant is offering a $10,000 reward.

Mark Merchant is hospitalized after a beating he suffered at Lake Texoma. (Photo provided)

She said they were at the lake camping when her husband was attacked. She did not witness the attack, but told authorities their all-terrain vehicle was driven into the lake, according to reports.

In a Facebook post, Brenda Merchant wrote,

“My husband is laying in a hospital bed, broken. I’m broken. I can’t even see him because of Covid and OU Trauma Center can’t let me. This is a Father, a Son, a Husband a brother. Beating a man to a point of near death and then leaving him for dead? Taking his ride trying to sink it in the lake, and trying to leave him with no possible way to get home if he does survive the beating, except to walk, unable to see from his bleeding eyes, broken bones in his face, barefoot on gravel roads, while his brain is bleeding. There’s no excuse worthy of this. No defense to justify it. You each know who you are and you need to have mercy and come forward. God and I as well, will then have mercy on you.”

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Cryer said he has a number of people to interview. But COVID-19 is slowly down the investigation.

Cryer said he had not been able to interview Merchant Thursday morning.

Anyone with information about the case can call The Marshall County Sheriff’s office at (580) 795-2221.