, Port Arthur, Texas

July 19, 2013

Man arrested for murder of step-father during birthday celebration

Dawn Burleigh
The Port Arthur News

ORANGE — Robert Wyatt Walter, 21, was arrested for the murder of John W. Lee Jr., 38, on Thursday.

Officers from the Orange Police Department were called to disturbance 10:30 p.m. at 570 Lilac in Orange. Lee was found unconscious in the yard with injuries to the face and head.

Witnesses at the scene told officers Lee was assaulted by his step-son, Walter, who had already fled from the scene, according to a press release from the Orange Police Department.

Several persons were at the residence celebrating Lee’s birthday.

Lee was transported to the emergency room of Memorial Hermann Baptist Hospital-Orange by Acadian Ambulance Service and  pronounced dead at the emergency room.

Officers located Walter, the step-son, on Gunstream Lane in Orange, where he was taken into custody.

Walter has been arraigned and bond has been set at $250,000 and he is currently in the Orange County Correctional Facility.