Crockett man gets life sentence for killing woman at rodeo party

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

CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - A Houston County jury has handed down two life sentences for a Crockett man who shot and killed a Huntsville woman at a rodeo party last September.

In addition to the first-degree murder charge, Roderick Demetrius Creag, 34, got a life sentence on a charge of first-degree aggravated assault. He also got a 20-year sentence for second-degree felon in possession of a firearm.

All three sentences will be served concurrently. He will be eligible for parole in 30 years.

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.

A jury found Creag guilty of the charges on Thursday and determined the sentence on Friday.

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