Ryan Walton Charged With Murder Of His Parents
Ryan Walton, 20, was arrested on May 31, for two counts of murder after he was named a suspect in the killing of his parents.
Police believe that Ryan shot and killed his parents, Lynda, 52, and Michael Walton, 54, on Thursday, May 29, before taking off in his mother’s BMW.
Texas Couple Killed By Son
The Waltons were found dead by another son, Derrick Walton, 24, on Thursday in Fort Bend County, Tex., hours after the shooting took place. The Waltons were also parents to a 28-year-old son and an 18-year-old daughter who is finishing her Senior year at Katy High School. The school issued an e-mail to students alerting them of the incident Thursday night and had counselors available for students on Friday.
The Waltons lived in a large estate in Lake Pointe Estates, a gated community. Surveillance video from the home showed Ryan leaving the house in his mother’s BMW at 9 a.m. on Thursday, around the time of the shooting. He was first declared a person of interest by the Fort Bend Sheriff’s Department, and was apparently on the run from the police when he was caught on Saturday, May 31 at a dinner in Rosenberg, Texas. An off duty sherriff’s sergeant recognized the Waltons’ BMW in the parking lot and called the authorities, who arrested Ryan without incident.
Ryan had recently moved out of his parents’ house after dropping out of Texas A&M University, though the source of conflict between Ryan and his parents is a mystery.
“I believe the family did have issues with Ryan. As to the extent of those issues, I am unaware,” said Fort Bend Sheriff Troy Nehls.
Ryan Walton Confesses To Killing Parents
Ryan has reportedly confessed to killing his parents, and when the police searched the BMW, they found a .22 rifle, but whether or not the gun is, indeed, the murder weapon is still unknown as ballistics testing has yet to be performed. He is currently being held without bond on two counts of murder.