Three Teens Charged in Slaying of Arlington Truck Driver

Victim was gunned down delivering food to Tulsa pizza restaurant

By Scott Gordon
|  Monday, Mar 25, 2013  |  Updated 11:35 PM CDT
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Robert Horton, 53, had worked for Papa John's as a truck driver delivering dough and other items to a restaurant in Tulsa on Saturday morning when police say he was shot twice in the chest.

Scott Gordon, NBC 5 News

Robert Horton, 53, had worked for Papa John's as a truck driver delivering dough and other items to a restaurant in Tulsa on Saturday morning when police say he was shot twice in the chest.

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Three 17-year-olds were charged Monday in the shooting death of a truck driver from Arlington who was delivering ingredients to a Papa John's restaurant in Oklahoma.

Robert Horton, 53, had worked for Papa John's as a truck driver for UPS for about eight years, his family said. UPS contracts with Papa John's.

Horton was delivering dough and other items to a restaurant in Tulsa on Saturday morning when police say he was shot twice in the chest.

"We just love my dad so much," said his daughter Angela Mansfield. "He was a good person, and he loved everybody."

The apparent motive was robbery, even though the suspects didn't get a penny, police said.

Damian Anderson, Jermaine Savory and Frankie Jackson, all 17, face first-degree murder charges. They are suspected of other recent robberies, police said.

Anderson's mother told NBC station KJRH-TV in Tulsa on Monday that her son, a high school junior, was arrested as he left for the bus stop Monday morning.

"I don't care what they say, my baby didn't do this," Lashon Anderson said.

Mansfield said she and her family have strong faith and hold no grudges against the young suspects.

"I just can't come to be angry," she said. "I am not angry."

But she said she does wonder why.

"I don't know what they were thinking, why they did it, what their motive was," she said. "I know that God allowed it to happen for whatever reason. But I will never understand that reason."

Horton served in the U.S. Army when he was younger, and his family said he worked hard to give them a good life.

"He is a good man, a very good man," Mansfield said. "I mean, there are no words that can describe my father. He was quirky. He was sweet-spirited."

Horton was married to his wife, Lisa, for 30 years and had two children and six grandchildren.

"I do miss him," his daughter said. "I just -- I want to see him so bad."

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