Brother of man killed in Nacogdoches drug deal gone bad arrested

Duane Tyler Frazar (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)
Duane Tyler Frazar (Source: Nacogdoches County Jail)

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The brother of a man killed in a Nacogdoches drug deal gone bad in March 2009 was arrested on four delivery of marijuana charges Tuesday night.

Duane Tyler Frazar, 23, of Nacogdoches, was arrested by a Department of Public Safety investigator and charged with four counts of delivery of marijuana between a quarter ounce and five pounds. The charge is a state-jail felony. Collectively, his bond has been set at $20,000.

The DPS investigator worked with a Cooperating Individual that used cash to purchase approximately 90 grams of marijuana from Frazar at several different locations in and around Nacogdoches, according to the arrest affidavits.

Detective Greg Sowell, the public information officer for the Nacogdoches Police Department, confirmed that Duane Frazar was in the apartment at Cambridge Court on the day that his brother, Charles Justin Frazar, 22, was killed during an attempted robbery that police said was a drug deal gone wrong.

On that day in March 2009, three suspects went to the apartment, which was Charles Frazar's residence, to purchase marijuana. During the transaction, one of the men allegedly pulled a handgun and attempted to rob Charles Frazar, a film student at Stephen F. Austin State University, of the marijuana, according to police reports.

At that point, Charles Frazar grabbed a knife and charged the three suspects, cutting two of them. The last man then fired his gun at Charles Frazar, hitting him three times. He then wrestled the gun away and shot one of the other two suspects.

One of the suspects fled and went to a hospital. Charles Frazar then went to the parking lot and was rushed to a hospital, where he died as a result of his wounds.

All three suspects, Okeiron Bowser, Marlon Randle, and Marsh Odom, were arrested and charged with capital murder after they were treated for their injuries.

In the wake of Charles Frazar's death, grieving fellow SFA students posted pictures of him on Facebook. Among the pictures was one posted by Duane Frazar. He wrote, "It should have been me." A later Facebook posting from Duane Frazar said, "I just always thought it would be me first."

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