Sunday, July 15, 2007

Texas: 1 dead, 3 jailed after scuffle inside RV: "Charles Oxner doesn't drink, smoke or dip, he says. He has never been in trouble with the law. On Wednesday night, three men he worked with forced their way into his recreational vehicle and began beating him, he says. He shot one of them, and now he's charged with murder. Dale McGee, 46, died two hours later at Harris Methodist Fort Worth Hospital. Argyle police charged the other two men with burglary with intent to assault. "I never had no dealings with the law, not even a speeding ticket in the last 15 years," Mr. Oxner, 38, said Thursday afternoon at the Denton County Jail. "I walked out of that trailer of my own free will. They handcuffed me and stuck me in a car, and here I am now." Mr. Oxner's bail has been set at $100,000. He has a black eye he says one of the other men inflicted with a boot. He has visible bumps on his forehead and says there are many more on the back of his head. Under a bandage on his left hand is a bite wound. "There was three of them whalin' on me, and I don't know what I was supposed to do," he said. "I sure didn't invite them in there." Texas Ranger Tracy Murphree, who helped with the investigation, said Thursday that a decision was made to jail everyone. "We had a mobile crime scene. We had people who live in other states. We had a man who was dead and a man who shot him," he said. "It is not the duty of police to decide whether it was justified. Lawyers and judges make those decisions."

Houston, Texas robber killed: "A robber was killed when one of his victims shot him early Saturday, officials told KPRC Local 2. Houston police said two armed men jumped out of a car and tried to rob four men at a home on Keel Street near O'Donnell Drive at about 1:30 a.m. One of the victims pulled out a gun and a shootout ensued, officials said. Investigators said both of the robbers were shot. Detectives said one robber was shot in the torso and transported to Doctor's Hospital. He was later transported by helicopter to Memorial Hermann Hospital, where he died. His identity was not released. The second robber was shot in the leg and was transported to St. Joseph's Hospital. One of the robbery victims was also shot and transported to Memorial Hermann Hospital in stable condition.

Texas mishap: "A northwest Harris County business owner trying to prevent a robbery accidentally shot and killed a customer. Late Friday night at a shop on Gears and Walters, the business owner told authorities he would not let a man in because he looked suspicious and was carrying a gun. "The business owner believed he was going to rob the business, so he took action to prevent that. It resulted in the death of one of his patrons," explained Sgt R. Nelson with the Harris County Sheriff's Office. The owner says he shot at the robber but accidentally hit the woman. The stranger who tried to get in ran away. Investigators found a pistol on the ground. They're treating the shooting as an accident. It will be up to the district attorney to determine if charges will be filed."

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