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The father of a Santee man accused of engineering a plot to kill an Oklahoma lawyer has been arrested on suspicion of financing the alleged plot.

Deputy Dist. Atty. Richard Lewis said Wednesday that Robert George Boeckman, father of Robert Brian Boeckman, 27, is fighting extradition proceedings in Oklahoma.

Both father and son are charged with conspiracy to murder Robert Barr III, 46, who survived an Aug. 8, 1985, shotgun blast through the bedroom window of his Dover, Okla., home.

Barr sued both Boeckmans in Kingfisher, Okla., where the elder Boeckman owns a Ford dealership. Barr, who owns an oil accounting service, sued for $1,714,187.68 in debts and punitive damages. Before moving to Santee, Robert Brian Boeckman owned several oil companies in Oklahoma.

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Lewis said the father was arrested April 3 by the Oklahoma Bureau of Investigation, but was later released on bail.

The case was filed against them and three others here because the alleged conspiracy occurred in San Diego.

The trial of his son and three other men who are alleged to have been hired to commit the slaying is scheduled for Sept. 3. Lewis said it was too early to tell if Boeckman’s father will be tried separately or with the others.

Also charged are Vernon James, 34; Patrick Innie, 36, and Charles Worack, 42, all of San Diego. All are free on bail.

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