Former UFC Fighter Robert “Bubba” McDaniel Arrested For Alleged Involvement In Road Rage Incident
Former UFC and Bellator fighter, Robert “Bubba” McDaniel was arrested Wednesday on deadly conduct charges for alleged involvement in a road rage incident that happened in August 2020.
The Texas native was released from Wichita County Jail Thursday on a $50,000 bond, as reported by several media outlets. McDaniel is not only known for his time in the fighting ring but he often became the grace of the news for seeking justice for the murder of his 2-year-old son, Jason Wilder McDaniel.
The perpetrator, Mr. James Irven Staley III who was allegedly involved in the crime was arrested in Okmulgee, Oklahoma, with a first-degree murder warrant for the death of Wilder.
According to an affidavit for the arrest warrant, McDaniel was originally charged with deadly conduct on Aug. 15, 2020, in relation to alleged involvement in an incident near a fire station on Johnson Road. More details have emerged a year later depicting that ‘Bubba’ is suspected of firing two shots from his handgun after an altercation between himself and another driver in the 4900 block of Johnson Road.
The initial report says that the rear bumper of the other man’s vehicle was struck by two bullets and the whole incident was witnessed by four firefighters. If he is declared guilty in the case, ‘Bubba’ could easily find himself behind the bars as deadly conduct by the discharge of a firearm carries a maximum penalty of up to ten years in prison.
On May 5, A Wichita County grand jury indicted McDaniel for a much more serious charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in relation to an alleged road rage incident. A Jury can indict someone on different charges than the original incident for which he was taken under custody.
To verify his side of the story, ‘Bubba’ took to Facebook and stated that the other driver tried to reach for a weapon during the scuffle. With the loss of his son in a tragic murder, the fierce protectiveness to keep his other children safe, all of this combined with the other driver’s actions, he believes, forced him to take this lethal step.