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Matlean admits Oxley murder, implicates ex-wife

Almost four years after 36-year-old Ben Oxley was shot to death in his Wildhorse home, his ex-wife's boyfriend admitted to the murder, and said Dawn Oxley conspired with him to commit the crime.

James Matlean, 24, pleaded guilty Tuesday to first-degree murder and conspiracy with another person to murder Melissa Oxley, the victim's wife.

Matlean told District Judge Michael Gibbons he shot Ben Oxley, but got scared and ran out the front door instead of shooting Melissa Oxley.

He was set to go on trial at the end of January.

In a plea agreement with the district attorney's office, Matlean …

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