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Body ID'd As Son Of Former Texas Gov. Clements & Midday Roundup


By KERA News & Wire Services

Dallas, TX – A body discovered in a shallow grave on a ranch near Athens has been identified as the 69-year-old son of former Texas Gov. Bill Clements.

Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt on Monday announced the victim was B. Gill Clements. The cause of death was not immediately released.

Clements was reported missing Thursday night.

A neighbor, 46-year-old Howard T. Granger, was shot and killed Friday when he opened fire on sheriff's deputies who had a search warrant and were looking for his missing neighbor. The body of Clements was located Saturday on Granger's property.

Neighbors described Granger as a recluse who often used an assault rifle to guard his land.

Athens is 60 miles southeast of Dallas.

White calls Perry officer ad 'shameless'

Democrat Bill White says a new ad by Republican Gov. Rick Perry "shamelessly" exploits the widow of a Houston police officer who was killed by an illegal immigrant.

White said in Austin on Monday the ad is the kind of move to be expected from a career politician like Perry. White also criticized Perry's administration for removing deported illegal immigrants from sex offender lists.

Perry's ad features Joslyn Johnson, who tells about the killing of her husband Rodney four years ago by an illegal immigrant who had been deported. She said White's policies on immigrants made it difficult for officers to do their jobs.

White says he supported the "secure communities" program allowing suspects' IDs or fingerprints to be checked and supported the deportation of criminal immigrants.

Rep. Flores expected to testify as trial nears end

State Rep. Kino Flores is expected to testify at his criminal trial that will soon be in the hands of a jury.

Flores was expected to take the stand Monday in Austin. The South Texas Democrat is accused of taking bribes and not reporting more than $100,000 in income and gifts dating to 2003.

His attorneys say Flores simply didn't fill out required personal financial statements correctly, and was under no obligation to explain consulting work in detail.

Closing arguments could begin as early as Monday.

Flores has pleaded not guilty. He faces up to two years in prison if convicted.

Police say Arlington man killed wife, then self

Arlington police say officers checking on the welfare of a couple found both dead in an apparent murder and a suicide.

Police on Sunday night identified the pair as 71-year-old Don Crutchfield and his 68-year-old wife, Zoy Crutchfield.

Investigators say the wife apparently had reconnected with an old friend and was in the process of leaving her husband. Police believe Don Crutchfield fatally shot his wife, then killed himself.

A police statement says officers discovered the bodies while checking out the home Sunday afternoon after being contacted by a concerned neighbor.