DUNCAN, Okla. — Stephens County authorities say a home invasion turned deadly. The homeowner was arrested but not for taking the life of the man who broke into his home. It was something else police say they noticed during the investigation that lead to his arrest.
The crime tape is pulled back now, but just down the road is where investigators say a lot went on Tuesday evening.
A call came into the sheriff’s department that someone had been stabbed.
When deputies arrived on scene they learned a man by the name of Bryan Miller was already on the way to the hospital.
They say he was stabbed by the homeowner, 29-year-old Bobby Joe Dyer.
“What Mr. Miller did is come to the guy’s home, forced his way into the house and confronted the homeowner,” Stephens County Sheriff Wayne McKinney said. “A violent confrontation took place. The homeowner grabbed a knife to protect himself and stabbed the guy several times.”
Miller died from the stab wounds.
“There’s a bit of a history between the victim and the resident of that home,” McKinney said. “Over the last few months there had been quite a bit of arguments, and there had been one other altercation. There’s been some threats.”
Authorities determined Dyer acted in self defense and will not be charged for stabbing Miller.
However, during that investigation lawmen discovered something else involving Dyer’s three young children who were home during the altercation.
“The kids had some major bruising around the eyes and some cuts that were old,” McKinney said. “Some of them were in the process of healing. We did learn that Mr. Dyer had been physically abusive to the kids for some time.”
They were immediately taken into custody.
Authorities say one had wounds so severe she had to be taken to the hospital to be evaluated.
We went to Dyer’s home and were met by one of his relatives who was armed and didn’t have much to say.
“I don’t think so,” he said. “We just heard some bad news today and I don’t have any comment.”
Investigators say they also found marijuana inside the home.
Dyer is now facing charges of child abuse and possession of drugs.