Corral City, Texas

From the Dallas Morning News of July 13, 2007

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.”

The shooting happened in Corral City. Argyle police patrol the small city, which consists mostly of a mobile home park just off Interstate 35W. Argyle Police Chief Tom Tackett said officers responded there about 7:30 p.m. and found Mr. McGee, of Lobelville, Tenn., with at least two gunshot wounds.

“Oxner and McGee worked together for a pipeline company laying a gas line,” the chief said. “There was an altercation on the job, and some of the men left. Witnesses and Oxner told us that after he arrived home, three men came to the travel trailer to confront him. They all ended up inside the trailer. There was a scuffle, and there were gunshots. It was really crowded in there.”

Bail for Landle “Bubba” McGee, 38, from Linden and Justin Ainsworth, 26, of Collins, Miss., was set at $60,000.

Landle McGee, who is Dale McGee’s brother, and Mr. Ainsworth could not be reached for comment.

“It is our belief they went inside to assault Mr. Oxner,” Chief Tackett said. “We are going to gather all the evidence and let the grand jury decide.”

“I was trying to get him off of me. I didn’t mean to kill him,” Mr. Oxner said.

From the Dallas Morning News of August 16, 2007

Man who shot co-worker in RV won’t face charges

A Denton County grand jury has declined to indict Charles Oxner, who shot a co-worker to death after the victim and two others burst into Mr. Oxner’s recreational vehicle and began beating him July 11.

Assistant District Attorney Jamie Beck said grand jurors felt Mr. Oxner was acting in self-defense.

The shooting happened in Corral City. Argyle police, who patrol the incorporated mobile home park just off Interstate 35W, responded there about 7:30 p.m.

They found Dale McGee, 46, of Lobelville Tenn., with multiple gunshot wounds. He died two hours later.

His brother Landle “Bubba” McGee, 38, and a friend, Justin Ainsworth, 26, were outside. Mr. McGee and Mr. Ainsworth were indicted on the burglary charges; they are free on bail.


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