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Shelby Co. sheriff releases details on capital murder arrest

Roger Dale Clifton, Jr. mug shot courtesy of Shelby County Sheriff's Office Roger Dale Clifton, Jr. mug shot courtesy of Shelby County Sheriff's Office

CENTER, TX (KTRE) - Shelby County Sheriff Newton Johnson reports that Roger Dale Clifton, Jr. has been arrested and charged with Capital Murder in the January 27, 2010 Robbery and Murder of Bobbi Lynn Carlton at the Lil' Goat's Liquor Store on FM# 138 in Shelby County. 

Sheriff Johnson reports that Roger Clifton was arrested on Tuesday, February 2, 2010, at approximately 5:30 p.m., at Fort Polk in Leesville, Louisiana.  Clifton was apprehended by United States Deputy Marshals with the Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force after information was received that Clifton was at that location.  Roger Clifton was found at a residence located in the military housing section on the Fort Polk Military Base.  Clifton was reportedly visiting a friend in the military who was unaware that Clifton was wanted for a Capital Murder charge in Texas.  The Vernon Parrish Sheriff's Department was assisting the U. S. Marshal Service at the time Clifton was arrested.  The stolen vehicle Clifton was reportedly driving at the time of the robbery was also recovered at the time of his arrest at Fort Polk.

Roger Clifton waived extradition from Louisiana and was transported back to Shelby County by Sheriff Newton Johnson and Texas Ranger Pete Maskunas on Wednesday, February 3, 2010.  After arrival at the Shelby County Jail, Clifton was arraigned on two charges by Pct. #4 Justice of the Peace Larry Jones.  Bond was set at $50,000.00 on the charge of Unauthorized use of a Motor Vehicle and a No Bond was set on the Capital Murder charge.  Clifton was booked into the Shelby County Jail without incident at approximately 8:45 p.m.

Sheriff Johnson would like to thank everyone who assisted with this investigation including the citizens of Shelby County, the Carthage Police Department, the Texas Rangers, the U. S. Marshal Service in Beaumont with the Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force and the Vernon Parrish Sheriff's Department in Louisiana.

Sheriff Johnson would also like to thank Pct. 5 Constable Stan Burgay and Pct. 1 Constable Zack Warr for their assistance with this investigation along with the employees of the Shelby County Sheriff's Department who spent many long hours assisting with this investigation.

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