NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The remaining defendant in the March slaying of an SFA student agreed to a guilty plea Monday in district court.
Marlon Randle agreed to 10 years of deferred probation and pleaded guilty to aggravated assault. In exchange for the plea, the district attorney's office dropped charges of murder and aggravated robbery.
Randle was the last of three defendants to agree to plea bargains in the case. On Nov. 5, Okeiron Bowser and Marsh Odom agreed to five- and eight-year sentences, respectively.
According to a previous KTRE report, Frazar was killed in what police say was a drug deal gone bad. One of the three allegedly shot Frazar as he was trying to wrestle the gun away from them.
"Both Charlie and Tyler were in the business of growing hydroponics marijuana and selling it," Defense Attorney Nicole LoStracco said.
When three men came to buy the drugs, the deal went bad.
"The shooting only took place after Charlie Frazar came up off of his chair with a large knife and started stabbing the defendants as they were leaving the apartment. There were some self defense issues there," LoStracco said.
LoStracco was concerned the evidence would have allowed the defense to "cloud the issues" by putting the victims on trial. The defense attorney says there was never any evidence to show Marlon Randle shot and killed Frazar.
"We go forward on evidence, not on fiction, on evidence. And people should not be deprived of their liberty on fiction," Defense Attorney Jimmie Brown said.
Credibility was another issue haunting the state's case. Tyler lied to police and tried to hide the evidence.
"Based on some criminal history that he had and based on him being in the business of growing and selling the marijuana," LoStracco said.
The boy's parents have played no active role in the proceedings. Extended family were unaware that Tyler supported plea agreements that angered the rest of the family. Then LoStracco laid the truth on the table.
"As terrible and tragic as it is to the family, it was in fact a drug deal gone bad," LoStracco said.
"We recognize today's plea by Mr. Randle as closure for the legal actions against the persons charged in the death of our beloved son, grandson and nephew, Charles Frazar," the family stated in a press release. "We did not consider these proceedings as an opportunity for our family 'to win' a fair judgment. We came to the table as losers. Our loss was complete on March 11. Known to his family as Charlie, to his classmates as Charles, and to a close circle of friends as 'Sally', Charles Frazar was an intelligent, funny, caring person who lost his life in a senseless, tragic event. We hold close the belief that he had the values and desire to live life to his fullest potential, and have appreciated the support of our friends, church family, and community in sharing that belief. We express neither acceptance nor rejection of the legal outcome for the persons charged in Charles' death as no judgment could equal our loss, and no judgment is our responsibility."
It has yet to be determined if Tyler Frazar will face drug charges.