Henderson Co. deputies kill man in search for former governor's missing son

By Jena Johnson - email

HENDERSON COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - Henderson County authorities believe a body found in a neighbor's yard is that of a former Texas governor's son.

Sheriff Ray Nutt said the body was discovered in a fresh grave Saturday morning at a home just south of Athens.

Deputies arrived at the home of Ben Gill Clements, 69, located on County Road 4610, on Friday afternoon after he was reported missing at 9:59 p.m. Thursday. When they arrived, neighbor Howard Tod Granger, 46, confronted them with an AK-47 and threatened them.

Deputies returned at 3:30 p.m. with an armored truck and Tyler Police. Nutt said Granger fired 30 rounds at the armored truck before a law enforcement officer returned a single shot at Granger, killing him.

Nutt said the body found in the grave has been sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiner's Office for identification and an autopsy.

Granger has no criminal convictions in Texas.

Clements' father, Bill Clements, served as governor of Texas from 1979 to 1983 and 1987 to 1991.

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