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Cold Case: 1977 Texas Army Officerís Killing Finally Leads to Arrests
ABC News ^ | Feb 8, 2013

Posted on 02/08/2013 4:05:06 PM PST by nickcarraway

For 30 years the trail had been cold — Major Chester Garrett, a decorated U.S. Army officer, found murdered in the desert near El Paso, Texas in January 1977. Now, police say they have arrested his stepson and estranged wife.

Maj. Garrett was 36 when he was found dead. He had suffered blunt force trauma to the head, and stab wounds as well. At the time, local authorities pursued leads, but eventually the case went cold.

It was only in 2006 that the case was reopened after family members contacted the El Paso County Sheriff’s Office to review the case. “New information and new leads developed and the case was reopened,” said El Paso Public Information Officer Angelica Becerra in an email to ABC News. She would not be more specific about the new information. “[The] family was looking for justice.” The trail led investigators across state lines to Knoxville, Tennessee. Investigators say Maj. Garrett’s stepson, Roger Garrett, 54, had been living there for 2-3 months and had recently been fired from his job. Police went to his apartment, found it empty, and called his cellphone.

“Obviously he didn’t know we were calling about the homicide,” Knoxville Public Information Officer Darrell DeBusk told ABC’s Knoxville affiliate, WATE. “He thought we were calling about another issue and he made the suggestion for him to come by. When he did we placed him into custody.”

Meanwhile in El Paso, police arrested Lizbeth Ann Garrett, 74. She had been Maj. Garrett’s wife.

“According to military authorities he was one of the most highly decorated soldiers in the Vietnam era.” Knoxville Sgt.

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TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Extended News; News/Current Events; US: Texas
KEYWORDS: coldcase

1 posted on 02/08/2013 4:05:16 PM PST by nickcarraway
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To: nickcarraway

Bond set at $5,000,000.00 - Wonder if they have enough to make the charges stick?


2 posted on 02/08/2013 4:21:35 PM PST by Dacula (Obama will send women into combat, but not let his son (if he had one) play football.)
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To: nickcarraway

The murderers (suspects)

3 posted on 02/08/2013 4:47:17 PM PST by onyx (FREE REPUBLIC IS HERE TO STAY! DONATE MONTHLY! IF YOU WANT ON SARAH PALIN''S PING LIST, LET ME KNOW)
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OMG, did her son run her head over with the lawn mower?


4 posted on 02/08/2013 4:49:46 PM PST by BykrBayb (Somewhere, my flower is there. ~ √ě)
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To: nickcarraway

Sorry Helen, but you may have just met your match.


5 posted on 02/08/2013 5:08:21 PM PST by BobL
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To: nickcarraway

They kind of have faces like they’ve been trying to suppress something . . .


6 posted on 02/08/2013 5:10:21 PM PST by RushingWater
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