Court of appeals won't review Crockett man's murder conviction

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

CROCKETT, TX (KTRE) - The Texas Court of Appeals has denied a Crockett man's request to hear his case in connection to the shooting death of a woman at a rodeo party in 2012.

The court issued its ruling on Wednesday.

Roderick Demetrius Creag, 35, was found guilty of first-degree murder and first-degree aggravated assault with a deadly weapon in August 2013. The jury then sentenced him to a life sentence.

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.

Kimberly 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.

In Creag's appeal, he cites cruel and unusual punishment as the reason the case should be reviewed. Creag stated the punishment was too severe considering he was not the aggressor in the incident.

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