Katy Familicide – another case of Affluenza?
By LeaAnne Klentzman
Motive for the double homicide last week in a suburban gated community near Katy has not yet been determined. However law enforcement has acknowledged that one of the deceased couple’s children is the prime suspect in his parent’s gruesome death.
On Thursday afternoon, May 29, about 5:15 pm, Michael Walton and his wife Lynda were found murdered in their posh gated community home near Katy. The law enforcement response was quick with most leads pointing to someone with close family ties. The Walton’s were parents of four children, one of whom was arrested in connection with their deaths just days later.
Michael Robert Walton and Lynda Renee Walton were last seen alive in their North Pointe Place home within the gated community Mike developed, Lake Pointe Estates. That Thursday morning about 7 a.m. Ryan, who no longer lived at the family home, was last seen exiting the gates that morning about 9 a.m.
According to law enforcement, the couple’s son Ryan Walton, 19, was a person of interest from the beginning. An area wide dragnet was cast leading law enforcement to locate the BMW driven by Ryan Walton was spotted by an off duty sheriff’s deputy who was taking his son to get a haircut in Rosenberg.
That deputy turned off his radio after providing the working officers details but the BMW was lost in the Rosenberg Town Center area. The BMW was next spotted at the 2M’s Drive-In in far west Rosenberg on Highway US 90A just blocks away from the interchange with Highway 36 North. Before he could get his burger, while still waiting at the walkup window, Ryan Walton was surrounded by a collection of law enforcement officers on a pair of outstanding murder warrants. Just shortly after noon on Saturday, May 31, the latest Fort Bend Familicide suspect was in custody.
Ryan Walton remains in the Fort Bend County Jail facing two counts of murder.
This case, while the latest, follows in the footprint of others in the greater Fort Bend Community. In December of 2003, a young Sugar Land man plotted to slaughter his family at their affluent neighborhood home but was only successful in taking the lives of his mother, and little brother. The attempt on his father’s life failed and that story has been played out in a book on forgiveness. Today, this convicted killer sits on Texas’ Death Row.
More recently, in a case that is still working through the justice system, another young man is awaiting his future after slaughtering his parents in the gated community of Weston Lakes. That double homicide played out both in the yard and over the phone while that alleged killer son beat his parents to death with a hammer. He was caught by responding law enforcement.
In all three cases the sons were from affluent families with every imaginable opportunity, yet they took the lives of those whom were closest to them and loved them most.
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