Nacogdoches Co. lawmen arrest Polk Co. murder suspect

Cordell Green mug shot courtesy of Polk County Jail.
Cordell Green mug shot courtesy of Polk County Jail.
Bobbie Segrest
Bobbie Segrest
Heather Dorris
Heather Dorris

NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - NACOGDOCHES COUNTY, Texas (KTRE) - The Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office has arrested a man suspected of killing a Polk County woman in December.

Cordell Renard Green, 22, of Alto, is charged with murder.

According to Sheriff Thomas Kerss, Green was located at a residence on Woden Road Sunday night and arrested.

Polk County Sheriff's Chief Deputy Byron Lyons confirmed Monday morning that Green is charged in connection to the death of Heather Dorris, 25.

According to a statement released by Lyons, the sheriff's office obtained a warrant for Green's arrest on Feb. 8. Green was apprehended without incident by the Joint East Texas Fugitive Task Force, Nacogdoches Police and the Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office.

Kerss said Green has a violent past, including charges of armed robbery.

Texas Ranger Ron Duff, Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, Alto Police and Lufkin Police assisted in the investigation.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, investigators say Green confessed to witnesses that he killed Dorris by shooting her numerous times and witnesses saw Green get into Dorris' vehicle the morning of her death.

"There's not a minute that goes by that I'm not thinking about it," said Bobbie Segrest, Dorris' grandmother. "I don't sleep. I can't function."

A day before Dorris' 26th birthday, police believe they've caught her killer.

"Right now, of course we do have a little light at the end of the tunnel as far as how this was committed, how it happened and the aftermath of the murder," said Polk County Sheriff Kenneth Hammack.

"We're just so happy that they've caught the person that did this and we want him to pay for it," Segrest said. "He took our precious little girl and the mother of her little children. They'll never have a mother."

Investigators have not revealed a motive behind her death.

"We don't want to give information to somebody out here to feed off of," Hammack said. "If we have somebody coming forward, we want to make sure they're giving us legitimate information and not something they heard from us."

Green was originally interviewed by authorities shortly after the murder, but without enough probable cause to arrest him, he was released.

Months later, they had enough to arrest and charge him with murder.

"Nothing will ever bring her back," Segrest said. "That's the sad part. She'll never be able to walk in my door again and say 'Mamaw, what do you got cooked to eat?'"

They're thankful for a break in the case, but there's still much work to be done on the case and questions to be answered.

"I just would like to know why, why he done this to my baby," said Melissa Segrest, Ramsey's mother.

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