The suspect in a first degree murder case is charged in federal court.
Twenty-year-old Lucas Anthony Walker, was charged in federal court in Tulsa by Criminal Complaint with first degree murder in Indian Country and discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. Walker made his initial court appearance on Monday.
The matter will proceed in United States District Court in Tulsa, where the Complaint is currently pending. A Complaint is a temporary charge alleging a violation of law. For the case to proceed to trial, the United States must present the charge to a federal Grand Jury within 30 days. Once a Grand Jury returns an indictment, a defendant has a right to a jury trial at which the United States would have the burden of proving the defendant’s guilt. All defendants are presumed innocent until proven guilty in a court of law.
The FBI, Washington County Sheriff’s Office and Oklahoma State Bureau of Investigation are the investigative agencies. Assistant U.S. Attorney Eric O. Johnston and Shakema M. Onais is prosecuting the case.
Victims ID Update:
Washington County Undersheriff Jon Copeland is releasing the names of the victims in the double homicide investigation from over the weekend. Two bodies were recovered yesterday during a joint operation between the FBI, OSBI, Medical Examiner's Office and the WCSO. Confident is high that the identity of the two bodies are that of Larry and Deborah Dutton, both of rural Washington County, Oklahoma. Full confirmation is expected from the Medical Examiner's Office and expect that information to be forthcoming in the next few days.
Two arrests have been made, as previously released, in connection with this homicide investigation. Lucas Anthony Walker and a juvenile have been arrested this past Friday. Mr. Walker has had charges filed in Federal Court - Tulsa, for Murder in the First Degree and Discharging a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence. The juvenile will be seen in Washington County District Court where they will be charged with 2 counts of first degree murder. The 11th Judicial District Attorney, William Drake, will be seeking to charge the juvenile as an adult. The juvenile's name will be withheld until such time court proceedings have occurred permitting the release of the name.
Two suspects in a first degree murder case are in custody in Washington County
The investigation is ongoing and Washington County Undersheriff Jon Copeland provides an update.
While investigating a possible missing persons incident, sheriff's department investigators and deputies developed probable cause for a search warrant. The search warrant was for a single-family residence northeast of Dewey in rural Washington County. Two people were taken into custody on First Degree Murder complaints.
The investigation continues with help from the US Attorney’s Office, the FBI, the OSBI, the Tulsa Medical Examiner’s Office and the 11th Judicial District Attorney’s Office in Washington County.