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November 24, 2013

‘Mudcats’ competitor among arrested for home invasion

DUNCAN — Two Walters men are facing felony charges for the roles they’re suspected of playing in a January home invasion in Comanche.

Winston Ray Walters, 20, and John Edward Oxford, 25, were formally charged Friday with charges including conjoint robbery, burglary in the first degree, burglary in the second degree, two charges of conspiracy, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon. Walters is known for being a competitor on the reality TV show “Mudcats.”

“These people were people of interest for several months,” Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney said. “We lacked physical evidence to tie them to the crime. But we got a break. A drug bust uncovered a weapon we believe to have been taken in the home invasion.”

The home invasion, which took place Jan. 29, involved a man and a woman being held at gunpoint, beaten and tied up. Money and guns were taken from the residence.

The man was also shot twice. The second gunshot come after he was already on the floor from the first gunshot.

“These people are dangerous,” he said.

McKinney said a lot of work went into the investigation. He said one suspect submitted a written confession.

In the past 12 months, more than any other recent year, local law enforcement agencies have been dealing with an influx of violent crimes. December 2012 and January both included home invasions. Alyssa Wiles, 14, was murdered June 10 in her home. And Australian native Christopher Lane, 22, died from a single gunshot wound, while he was jogging Aug. 16 near the intersection of Country Club Road and Twilight Beach.

“We’re dealing with a totally different type of criminal,” McKinney said. “They’re ruthless. They could care less about other people’s feeling, other people’s lives. It’s really been the last two years. I don’t think it’s just local. I think it’s on a national level.

“My department has about 100 percent closure on violent crimes. I’m really proud of that.”

Walters is expected to appear in court at 2 p.m. Jan. 17. His preliminary hearing conference will be at 9 a.m. Jan. 29. Bond has been set at $2.5 million.

No information was available for Oxford’s court appearances.

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