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Azle man arrested in ‘devil’ beating

An Azle man is accused of beating up another man last month on Knob Hill Road in Azle when he believed the resident had “the devil in him.”
An Azle man is accused of beating up another man last month on Knob Hill Road in Azle when he believed the resident had “the devil in him.”

Four men were using methamphetamine in a barn last month when three of them turned on the fourth. The barn’s owner, Darell Burnsed, got angry and accused the fourth man of having “the devil in him.”

The man attempted to get away, but Burnsed and the other two attacked him, punching and kicking him as he lay on the ground, the man later told a Parker County sheriff’s deputy.

Burnsed threatened to “execute” him, the man said.

Burnsed, 61, of Azle, was arrested Monday, accused of beating the victim and kidnapping him, according to an arrest warrant affidavit.

The investigation began on Oct. 26 in the 3100 block of Knob Hill Road in Azle after the victim called 911.

He told a deputy that after Burnsed and the other men beat and kicked him, they tied him up and moved him to a nearby shed.

According to the affidavit, Burnsed told the victim that he was going to be executed as soon as he got a gun. Burnsed secured the shed door and left the victim inside.

Minutes later, a friend of the victim found him in the shed, untied him, and the two ran to a nearby house and called 911.

Burnsed later acknowledged to an investigator that he beat the victim and tied him up.

Information on the legal status of the other men could not be learned on Wednesday.

Burnsed was in the Parker County Jail on Wednesday with bail set at $50,000.

He faces a charge of aggravated kidnapping, according to the affidavit.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763, @mingoramirezjr

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