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'Mudcats' star charged with assault in Oklahoma

Published on NewsOK Modified: November 22, 2013 at 4:30 pm •  Published: November 22, 2013

DUNCAN, Okla. (AP) — A star of a reality show about hand fishing was charged Friday with assault and robbery after allegedly breaking into a rural Oklahoma home and assaulting the homeowners.

Winston Walters, 20, made an initial court appearance and was charged with conjoined robbery, burglary in the first and second-degree, conspiracy and assault and battery with a dangerous weapon, according to online court records. His bond was set at $2.5 million.

National Geographic Channel's show "Mudcats" featured Walters catching catfish with his hands, a type of fishing known as noodling.

Sheriff Wayne McKinney told KSWO that Walters, who is from Walters, Okla., and another man broke into a rural Stephens County home in January and shot the man and tied up the woman. The two men then reportedly stole money and guns.

Authorities initially arrested two other men following the incident, but they were released based on DNA evidence. Earlier this month, law enforcement officers conducted a drug bust in Walters and discovered a stolen gun registered to the family that lived in the Stephens County home.

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