Comanche Co., OK DA, Robert Schulte had declined to prosecute the shooter in a recent homicide outside a Lawton club. Schulte says that it was a clear cut case of self defense. He states that the shooter may be charged with carrying a loaded weapon in his vehicle.
This is the third recent shooting case that Schulte has ruled self defense. Two of the shootings were fatal. There will be no grand jury.
DA rules death case self-defense
Homicide charges will not be filed against a man who shot and killed a Fort Sill soldier in front of a Lawton nightclub in January.
Ronald M. Walker, 29, fired the shot that killed Pvt. Ira Q. Easterling, 27, on Jan. 28 after a verbal argument inside the club between the two men escalated in the parking lot, Comanche County District Attorney Robert Schulte said Tuesday.
"All evidence indicates Mr. Walker was acting in self defense and homicide charges will not be filed against him," Schulte said. He added that Walker made statements to investigators that corresponded with those given by witnesses at the scene.
""Walker does face possible federal weapons charges for carrying a loaded weapon inside his vehicle. Schulte said his office will hold off on filing the weapons charges at the state level until such charges are filed with the U.S. Attorney's Office.""
""There will be a criminal charge regarding the transporting and carrying of a loaded firearm," Schulte said. "Those charges are currently being considered in federal court because the penalties are more severe at that level.""