Crockett man found guilty of killing woman at Houston Co. rodeo party

Roderick Creag (Source: Houston County Jail)
Roderick Creag (Source: Houston County Jail)

CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - A 34-year-old Crockett man was found guilty of killing a Huntsville woman named Kimberly Caldera at a Houston County rodeo party in September 2012.

In addition to the first-degree murder charge, Roderick Demetrius Creag was found guilty of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and felony possession of a firearm.

Creag appeared in the 349th Judicial District Court in Crockett Thursday. The state wrapped up its portion of the sentencing phase of the trial, and the defense is expected to finish up with its witnesses Friday.

Creag's charges stemmed from an incident that occurred in a pasture near the intersection of FM 2110 and County Road 3310 early the morning Sept. 1, 2012. A previous East Texas News story stated that location was the site of an annual party following the Myrtis Dightman Rodeo.

Caldera, 35, was sitting in a vehicle when one of the projectiles from a shotgun round struck her in the torso.

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Creag was in an argument with Caldera's common-law husband, Jason Fransaw, about erratic driving prior to the shooting. Fransaw, thinking the incident was over, went to load his ice chest into his vehicle. He then heard a gunshot from behind him, and Caldera yelled at the same time.

Caldera later died at a Crockett hospital. According to the affidavit, witnesses knew the shooter as "Roddy" and a deputy was able to connect that name and witnesses' physical description to Creag.

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