A suspect has been arrested for the Labor Day Weekend shooting and subsequent death of a woman at the Myrtis Dightman Rodeo After Party in Crockett, Texas.
According to Houston County Sheriff’s Office Investigator Randy Hargrove, Roderick Demetrius Creag, 33, was arrested on Monday, August 3, 2012, on First Degree Murder charges for the death of a woman who was shot and killed during the Myrtis Dightman After Rodeo Party, held in conjunction with the 24th Annual Myrtis Dightman Labor Day Rodeo, in the early morning hours of Sunday, September 2, 2012.
At approximately 3:19 a.m. officers were dispatched to the camp grounds, at Dightman’s property that is located behind the former Crockett State School on FM 2110. According to the arrest warrent affidavit, Creag was arguing with Jason Fransaw about erratic driving. Fransaw reported that when he thought the incident was over that he went to load his ice chest into his vehicle at which time he heard a gunshot and Kimberly Caldera, 35, his common law wife, cry out at the same time.
Caldera was reportedly sitting in a vehicle when she was hit by a shotgun blast in the torso. Caldera later died at ETMC Crockett.
This is not the first time that there has been an incident or for someone to have been hurt at one of these events. In fact, on Saturday, October 8, 2011, during a party, a fight grew quickly out of hand and shots were fired. According to a press release from the Houston County Sheriff’s Office at the time of that event, a fight broke out, guns were drawn and shots were fired with a crowd numbering around 500 persons on the property.
This is not Creag’s first shooting either. In 2000 Creag opened fire at a trail ride campout in Grapeland in what he claimed to be self defense and killed Cameron Taylor an innocent bystander. He was convicted of Manslaughter and served six years of a 10 year sentence being paroled in 2006.
A bail of $900,000 has been set for Creag. If convicted of a First Degree Murder charge, Creag could receive a sentence of 5 to 99 years or life in prison and up to a $10,000 fine.
This case is still under investigation. Roderick Creag is to be considered innocent until proven guilty by a court of law.