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June 12, 2014

Home invasion trial set for Walters man

WALTERS — One of three Walters men charged in a Comanche home invasion is scheduled to stand trial in August.

John Edward Oxford, 26, pleaded not guilty  to six felony counts, including assault with a dangerous weapon, conjoin burglary, first-degree burglary, second-degree burglary, two counts of conspiracy, and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.

Oxford has been added to the Aug. 6 docket call and is set to appear in Stephen County District Court for a jury trial Aug. 18.

Oxford was arrested in November 2013 along with  Winston Ray Walters, 20.

Walters was a competitor on the reality TV show “Mudcats.”

A third suspect, Andrew Glenn Travis, 27, was arrested in December 2013.

According to an arrest affidavit, two men broke into a Comanche residence by breaking the glass on the back door of the sun room. Police allege Travis drove Oxford and Walters to the house.

“(A male resident) came out of the bedroom and observed a subject standing by the gun safe, located next to the sunroom. (He) confronted the male subject, and (he) was shot in his right side torso with a 9 mm. (He) was shot by a different subject than the one he was confronting. One of the subjects went and retrieved (a female resident) from the bedroom and brought her to the living room, where she was later taped to a dining room chair.

“(The male resident) was forced to open the gun safe and the suspects took approximately $28,000 of cash and four pistols. Once the suspects got the cash and pistols, they began to exit the residence. As they were leaving, one suspect leaned down and lowered a Ruger 10/22 rifle and shot (the male resident) through both legs. The suspects ran from the residence.”

Oxford also “confessed to the robbery,” according to the affidavit, which also specified Oxford showed police where the pistols stolen from the Comanche residence were buried in Walters.

At the time, Oxford told police “Winston paid Andrew Travis money to keep his mouth shut about the robbery,” according to the affidavit.

A bottle found discarded behind the Comanche residence’s barn was found to have DNA profiles related to Oxford and Walters, according to the affidavit.

No trial date has been set for Walters or Travis. Walters last appeared in court for his preliminary hearing conference May 20. Travis will return to court for his preliminary hearing, which is set for 10:30 a.m. Sept. 8.

All three face life in prison if found guilty. All three remain in custody on bond.

Besides the Oxford case, other criminal trials set for the August docket include the prosecution of Miles Sterling Bench, charged with first-degree murder  in the 2012 bludgeoning death of 16-year-old Braylee Henry in Alma, and the prosecutions of Michael Dewayne Jones and Chancey Allen Luna, charged with first-degree murder  in the shooting death last year of Australian native Christopher Lane in Duncan.

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