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Fatal crime; 16-year-old facing murder charge

By Brian Knox | Published Saturday, March 24, 2018
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A Rhome teen has been indicted for murder in connection with the death of his father last summer.

William Wyatt Oakes, 16, was indicted on Thursday by a Wise County grand jury. He is charged with shooting and killing his father, David Oakes, in their home on Private Road 4732 in the Diamond Ridge neighborhood near Rhome on Aug. 18, 2017.

Investigators have not publicly released many details of the shooting, but Sheriff Lane Akin said last year that officers responded to a call about a disturbance at the home around 10 p.m. that Friday night. Officers arrived to find David Oakes, 49, with multiple gunshot wounds. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

William Oakes fled the scene on a motorcycle. He was located in Albuquerque, N.M., and was arrested the following Monday.

Since that time, William Oakes has been in the Wichita County Juvenile Detention Center in Wichita Falls.

In January, County Court-at-Law Judge Melton Cude certified the younger Oakes to stand trial as an adult, and the case was moved to 271st District Court. Oakes’ bond was set at $500,000.

At the time of the shooting, Oakes was a few weeks shy of his 16th birthday.

According to court records, Oakes is represented by Fort Worth lawyers Reagan Wynn and Rhett Parham with Kearney/Wynn law firm in Fort Worth. Wynn has represented high-profile clients such as Ethan Couch, the so-called “affluenza teen” who has spent two years in jail for causing a drunken driving crash that killed four people in Burleson in June 2013.

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