Wednesday, October 10, 2007

Rifle, Paper, Sledgehammer -- Shoot

Dicks Beware! This was in the news today...

Moss Bluff - A 56-year-old man accused of beating his roommate to death with a sledgehammer and a claw hammer was arrested Monday morning.

Franklin Paul Crow was charged with homicide in the weekend death of Kenneth Matthews, 58. Crow is being held without bond in the Marion County Jail. Authorities with the Marion County Sheriff's Office said the suspect beat the victim in the head with a sledgehammer in their Southeast 95th Street Road after getting upset there was NO TOILET TISSUE in the home.

According to an arrest affidavit, Crow told detectives the two were arguing over the TOILET TISSUE when Matthews PULLED A RIFLE on him. Crow added he knocked the rifle out of Matthews' hand with the handle of a sledgehammer before striking him several times. Then he said that he picked up a claw hammer and hit the victim twice with the claw end, according to the affidavit.

Thomas Bibb said the suspect initially denied his involvement with the crime, at first blaming it on a local motorcycle gang. Bibb said after detectives were able to knock holes in his story and alibi, Crow confessed to the crime and was charged around 4 a.m. Monday. The sledgehammer was found in the backyard of the home.

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