LUBBOCK, TX (KCBD) – A Lubbock grandfather is behind bars after being indicted for the capital murder of his step-grandson.
Clifford Coles, 52, will spend the night at the Lubbock County Jail. On Tuesday, a Lubbock grand jury spent the better part of the afternoon discussing the case and listening to witnesses. Coles was indicted for the capital murder of his step-grandson Shawn Smith.
Smith died on March 5, 2009 just days before his first birthday. His death was ruled a homicide and according to the Medical Examiner's Office the cause of death was blunt force injuries but officials would not go into specifics about where on Smith's body those injuries were. Doctors in the emergency room at University Medical Center called police to the hospital when they realized the baby's injuries did not match the story that was told and did not appear to be accidental.
Police could not release information about who took the baby to the hospital last March, but say Coles became the primary suspect. "Through the investigation we determined the suspect was the last person with the infant prior to sustaining the injuries," says Sgt. Jimmy Pachall talking about Coles.
Police records list Coles as a suspect in the 1986 murder of an 11-month-old named Tro Williams. Coles was never arrested in regards to that case.
Under Texas state law the murder of a child under the age of six is eligible to be capital murder. A bond has not been set for Coles.
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