Enid man arraigned in stabbing case

Blain Payne

A 26-year-old Enid man was arraigned Thursday on a felony charge of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon related to an incident Sunday.

Blain Payne, also known as Blain Clingman-Payne, is accused of stabbing a man with a “sharp and/or dangerous weapon.” The charge is punishable by up to 10 years imprisonment or up to a year in county jail.

Payne appeared before Special District Judge Brian Lovell. Bond for Payne was previously set at $15,000, and he was ordered to return to court Aug. 8 for a bond appearance.

According to an affidavit filed in the case, Enid Police Department officers responded at 8:50 p.m. Sunday to the 900 block of Overland Trail in reference to a call reporting a stabbing.

Officers were told two people had been stabbed and the suspect was last seen leaving on foot, according to the affidavit. Officers were told the suspect’s name was Blain Payne, and he possibly was still armed with a knife. Those injured were identified as Tyler Byrd, 19, and Charles Payne, 70.

Byrd had stab wounds to his left side and back, and Charles had cuts to his right arm, according to the affidavit. Officers learned Byrd and Blain had gotten into an argument over Blain’s wife, Kelie, because Byrd was having an affair with her.

The argument began at the storage units east of Skatetown and moved to the north parking lot, according to the affidavit. Byrd told officers he was arguing with Blain, turned away and was hit from behind. Byrd said he thought he’d been punched but began bleeding and realized he’d been stabbed.

Kelie told officers she and Blain had been arguing about money, and during the argument Blain kicked her out of the apartment, according to the affidavit. She said she left in Charles’ car, met up with Byrd and went to the storage unit to get cleaning supplies before she went to work.

While at the storage units with Byrd, Kelie said Blain arrived and they began arguing about her being with Byrd, according to the affidavit. Kelie said Blain kept getting in front of and beside the car in an attempt to keep her from leaving.

While this occurred, Kelie said someone was watching them argue from a vehicle and honking their horn, according to the affidavit. Kelie said she told Blain to get in the car because she did not want to get the police called. Kelie said she and Blain were in trouble with a child-neglect case.

She said Byrd and Blain both got into the car, and they drove out into the street from the storage units, according to the affidavit. She said they saw Charles, whom she called, walking in the area so they stopped. When the car was stopped, Byrd got out and began walking away.

Kelie said when Blain got out of the car, Byrd began walking back toward them, according to the affidavit. She said the two men began to fight and were separated. When Byrd was walking off, she saw blood on him and Byrd began saying he had been stabbed. She said Blain walked away. Kelie said Charles had cuts on his arm, and he called 911.

Life EMS arrived and transported Byrd and Charles to Integris Bass Baptist Health Center for treatment. Charles was treated and released and Byrd was admitted to ICU for observation, according to the affidavit. Hospital officials determined Charles had not been cut or stabbed. His arm was twisted while attempting to break up the fight and his skin was torn.

Byrd was taken to surgery for the stab wound to the lower left side of his body, according to the affidavit. The knife entered the rib cage but did not hit or cut any major organs.

Officer Tyler Evans found Blain walking at the apartments in the 1000 block of North Oakwood, according to the affidavit. Blain was detained and taken to the police station for an interview.

Detective Robin Bench asked Blain what happened. Blain said he and Kelie had marital problems because Byrd was sleeping with her, according to the affidavit. Blain said he had caught them together several times.

Blain said after the argument at the apartment Kelie was supposed to be going to work but left in Charles’ vehicle, which she did not have permission to drive, according to the affidavit. Blain said he called Kelie and told her she did not have permission to drive the vehicle and learned she was at the storage units. He said he walked to the storage units and found Kelie and Byrd together.

Blain said an argument ensued, and he was not going to let Kelie leave with the vehicle, according to the affidavit. Blain said Kelie kept backing up and pulling away, but he kept standing in front of the vehicle to prevent her from leaving until Charles could get there.

Blain said while this was going on, a vehicle drove by and saw the altercation, according to the affidavit. He said the people were honking their horn at them.

Blain told Bench he and his wife have problems with the Department of Human Services and cruelty charges and did not need contact with the police, so Kelie told him to get into the vehicle, according to the affidavit. Blain said he got into the front passenger seat, Kelie was driving and Byrd was in backseat. Blain said while driving, Byrd had his knife out and was threatening him with it. He said Byrd threatened him several times.

Blain said they saw Charles walking in front of Skatetownm so they pulled into the parking lot, according to the affidavit. Blain said there was another argument, and at one point he called Kelie a “whore or something” and Byrd began walking back toward them.

Blain said Byrd had the knife in his hand, lunged toward him with it and he grabbed Byrd’s hands holding the knife as a fight for the weapon began, according to the affidavit. Blain said he was able to get the knife from Byrd, and he swung the knife at Byrd. Blain said he did not think he hit or cut Byrd.

Blain said Kelie and Charles were able to break the fight up, according to the affidavit. As Byrd was walking away, he began saying he’d been stabbed.

Blain describe the knife to Bench as being about 4 inches long, a folding-type knife, and red with a black blade, according to the affidavit. Blain said while he was in jail before, Byrd had been at the house with Kelie and stolen the knife.

Bench asked Blain what he did with the knife after walking away from Skatetown, according to the affidavit. Blain said he threw the knife in the grass while walking around the trailer on his way back to the apartments.

Detective James Buck interviewed Charles. The grandfather said Kelie had called him several times saying Blain had found them at the storage unit, was mad and was trying to fight Byrd, according to the affidavit. Charles said he told Kelie to stay where they were and he would walk over to them. He said he was walking by Skatetown when he saw the three, and they pulled into the parking lot.

He said there was an argument between Blain and Byrd, and during the argument Blain pulled a knife and was chasing Byrd around a portable construction machine and trailer in the parking lot, according to the affidavit. Charles said he did not see Blain stab Byrd, but the two were on the ground fighting.

Charles said he and Kelie were attempting to break up the fight. When they had, Byrd said he had been stabbed, according to the affidavit.

On Monday, Bench and Detective Nicole Binckley interviewed Byrd again at the hospital.

Byrd said Kelie called him saying she’d been kicked out of the apartment and needed a place to stay, according to the affidavit. Byrd said she picked him up because he told her he would get her a motel room for the night.

Byrd said they drove to the storage units, and there was an argument there between him and Blain, according to the affidavit. Byrd admitted he was in a sexual relationship with Kelie for about a year.

“Tyler’s story was still consistent with what he told the officers on scene; however, when the fight broke out in Skatetown parking lot, he had the knife in his pocket,” Bench wrote in the affidavit. Byrd told Bench that Blain must have gotten the knife off the ground while they were fighting and then stabbed him.

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