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Texas Man Charged With Killing Parents

A Texas man is in jail for the murders of his parents, and authorities Tuesday recovered a small-caliber gun that may have been used in the slaying — but what is still unclear is a motive in the killings.

Ryan Walton, 20, was arrested Saturday at a popular burger-and-malt restaurant in Rosenberg, Texas, about 20 miles away from the home where his mother and father were found dead two days before, officials said.

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Ryan Walton, 20, is charged with two counts of murder in the deaths of his parents. Fort Bend County Sheriff's Office

“He admitted to killing his parents,” said Fort Bend County Sheriff’s Office Public Information Officer Bob Haenel, but added that a motive is still undetermined.

What is known is that the bodies of Michael Walton, 54, and his wife Lynda Walton, 52, were found by one of their other sons at their $1.4 million home in the gated Lake Point Estates subdivision, about 30 miles west of Houston, at about 5:15 p.m. Thursday.

They were last seen alive at 7 a.m. that morning, and Ryan Walton was seen leaving the community in his mother’s BMW at about 9 a.m., Haenel said.

On Tuesday, authorities searched the car, which Ryan was driving when he was arrested, and recovered a .22-caliber rifle. The gun will need to be tested to determine if it was the murder weapon, Haenel said.

Authorities said there wasn’t a history of domestic disturbances at the Walton home, but that lately there has been some friction. Ryan Walton moved out of the home about three weeks ago after some sort of conflict with his parents, Haenel said.

Ryan Walton is charged with two counts of murder and is being held without bail.

— Phil Helsel