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Walters charged with kidnapping in Comanche home invasion

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DUNCAN, Okla._A new charge was filed against a Cotton County resident and former reality TV star in the case of a brutal home invasion back in 2013.

Winston Walters, who was featured on the TV show "Mudcats," was charged with kidnapping Tuesday afternoon in a Stephens County courtroom. Walters was in court for his preliminary hearing on other charges of assault with deadly weapon, burglary and conspiracy. Prosecutors say Walters and another man broke into a home in Comanche, shot and wounded the homeowner and tied up his wife.

It was the testimony from Mark Roebuck, the man who survived one of the most terrifying nights of his life as two men broke into his home, shot him multiple times and demanded his money. The kidnapping charge came after Roebuck told prosecutors that one suspect, later identified as Walters, duct taped his wife to a chair after shooting him in the knee caps in hopes that she and her husband wouldn't get away.

"There wasn't anything I was planning to do. After I heard the testimony of Mr. Roebuck it only made me 100% sure that that was the action I needed to take at that time," said Cortnie Siess, Stephen’s County Assistant District Attorney.

After hearing details about the unspeakable pain of being shot and the courage of Roebuck’s wife during their most dire hour, prosecutors say it was enough to keep the charges coming on a former TV star now behind bars.

The only other witness called to the stand was another suspect in the case. Andrew Travis doesn't have a deal with the state, but just said he felt an overwhelming need to tell his side of the story for the sake of the victims and their loved ones. After Judge Jerry Herberger announced that the TV star would stand trial, the defense didn’t backing down. They asked for a major bond reduction from $2.5 million to just $25,000.

"He's entitled to be admitted to a reasonable bond and we don't think 2.5 is reasonable by any stretch," David Smith, Walters’ attorney.

The judge quickly denied the request, saying it was necessary to protect the community moving forward.

"I am astounded that they asked for a bond reduction on this case and I'm happy with the judge's ruling on that," said Siess.

Walters will be formally arraigned next month. The other man accused in the case, John Oxford, was also scheduled to have his preliminary hearing but waived that right. He, too, will head to trial for his part in shooting and robbing the Comanche couple.

Meanwhile, the getaway driver Andrew Travis, will be back in court in September. If convicted, all three men could spend the rest of their lives in prison.

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