Joshua Oatneal

Man Charged With Murder After His Brother Was Killed By An Armed Homeowner During Their Invasion Attempt


MIDDLETOWN, OHIO — Three men, two of them brothers, decided to burglarize a house Wednesday night. It was the last thing that one of them would ever do, and it carried murder charges with it for the remaining two.

Andrew Roberts, 22, Jonathon Oatneal, 23, and Joshua Oatneal went to a residence in the 2600 block of Aspen Drive in Middletown late Wednesday evening to commit a burglary, according to a release from Middletown police.

During the burglary, the homeowner fired his gun. The bullet struck Joshua Oatneal, the release states. The two other men then transported Joshua Oatneal to the Atrium Medical Center where he was pronounced dead. 


The pair is now charged with murder and aggravated burglary. The murder charge is assessed in many cases where one of their buddies, in this case Jonathon’s brother, is killed during the commission of the crime. Even though it was the homeowner who killed Joshua, the blame lies on those who were a part of the crime.

The homeowner, rightfully, was simply defending himself against a group of intruders inside his home.

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Brandon is the founder of Concealed Nation and is an avid firearm enthusiast, with a particular interest in responsible concealed carry. His EDC is a Springfield Armory Hellcat OSP, with a Shield Sights RMSC Red Dot, that holds Hornady 165 gr FTX Critical Defense rounds, and rides comfortably in a Vedder Holsters ComfortTuck IWB holster.

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