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April 25, 2011

Family says assault led to wreck

WEATHERFORD — The family of a man killed in a Weatherford wreck Thursday afternoon believes he died as a result of a beating by an unknown assailant in December.

Casey Denman, 32, of Brock, described as a devoted father, manager of a Haltom City wrecking company and avid roper, died early Thursday morning in a wreck. He was found dead around 7:30 a.m. in his white Ford pickup off the Interstate 20 service road near Center Point Road in a creek.

The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office has ruled Denman’s death an accident due to blunt force trauma after the vehicle he was driving collided with a fixed object.  

However, his family believes he wouldn’t be dead if he hadn’t been assaulted shortly before Christmas this past year.

“Whoever hit him and beat him caused his death,” his aunt, Delana Denman, said.

According to his aunt, he was approached by a man on a bicycle while getting out of his car at East Bankhead Highway and severely beaten with a baseball bat.

“They still haven’t caught them,” Denman said.

He had to have facial reconstruction surgery and his eye socket rebuilt. The doctor told him he would likely have seizures after that kind of trauma to the head, according to Delana Denman’s account.

Then, last week, her nephew did have a seizure, Denman said.  

And they believe it was a seizure that caused Casey Denman to leave the highway and end up in a creek on his way home from work.

According to information released by the Weatherford Police Department Thursday, investigators believe Denman’s white Ford pickup left westbound lanes of I-20, crossed the embankment and service road, clipped a guardrail and traveled into a creek bed and embankment.

Casey Delman had just gotten off work and was heading home around 2:30 a.m. when they believe the wreck occurred, his aunt said.

Messages left for the Weatherford Police Department and the Parker County office of the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s office were not returned Friday afternoon.

The family said they were told he died quickly but his truck was not noticed until around 7:30 a.m. by an area resident.  

Delman had likely been working wrecks that night while driving a wrecker for AA Wrecker Service in Haltom City as he had done since he was 16 years old for the family business.

When he didn’t make it home, they thought he had dropped by his girlfriend’s house and didn’t realize he was missing until notified by authorities, according to Delana Delman.   

He left behind three young children, ages 4, 7 and 11.

“He was a cool dad,” Delman said. “He was a kid himself, trying to be a good role model for the kids.”

He loved his kids and chose to adopt his daughter, Delman said.

“He was cocky,” Delman said. “But underneath all that he was a great guy, very loving, would take care of anybody.”

“He always kept you on your toes,” Delman said. “It’s just a wasted of life there. He had a lot to offer people. I could go on forever about him. I don’t know what to say.”

The death has devastated the family, including his parents and sister, according to Denman.

“Him and his daddy were tight,” Denman said. “They were inseparable.”

A Casey Denman memorial fund has been set up at First Financial Bank in Brock, his aunt said.  

The funeral service is scheduled for 11 a.m. Monday at the First Baptist Church of Dennis and internment will follow at Buckner Cemetery.

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