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John Birdwell has been charged with injury to an older adult with intent with serious bodily injury following the August 12 attack on 66-year-old Dr. Robert Bearden at Woody’s Tavern.
John Birdwell is 38 years old.
DETAIL OF INCIDENCE:
A Texas man is facing criminal charges after an argument with his veterinarian father-in-law turned deadly inside a Fort Worth bar.
Online jail records confirm that John Birdwell, 38, has been charged with injury to an older adult with intent with serious bodily injury following the August 12 attack on 66-year-old Dr. Robert Bearden at Woody’s Tavern.
Birdwell posted a $75,000 bond for his release. Attempts to reach him by phone for comment were unsuccessful Monday.
Bearden, a veterinarian at VCA Mercedes Place Animal Hospital in Benbrook, died at the hospital on August 13.
Bearden and Birdwell had met at Woody’s Tavern to discuss the latter’s reluctance to sign divorce papers.
Birdwell is married to Bearden’s daughter, Katie, and the two are in the process of ending their marriage; she filed for divorce in late November.
According to an arrest affidavit from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, the fatal 18-second attack was captured by the bar’s surveillance cameras.
A witness explained to police that Bearden told Birdwell he was unhappy with him for stalling the divorce and urged him over and over to sign the papers.
The witness reportedly noted Bearden was not aggressive during the argument but that Birdwell grabbed him and head-butted him three times at some point.
Both men fell, the affidavit alleges, according to the Star-Telegram.
Bearden was unresponsive and was bleeding from the head. His son-in-law managed to flee the scene despite efforts by other patrons to hold him there. The affidavit alleges Birdwell bit one of the patrons on the chest and left.
Bearden died the following evening at Texas Health Harris Methodist Hospital Fort Worth.
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office determined his death was a homicide caused by blunt head trauma.
Birdwell was arrested on August 18. That same day, his wife filed for — and was granted — order of protection against him, the paper reports.
Plea and attorney information for Birdwell was unavailable Monday.