Authorities Investigate Homicide in Seagraves - KCBD NewsChannel 11 Lubbock

3/25/08

Authorities Investigate Homicide in Seagraves

Tri County Tribune (Seagraves) photo/Christine Mills Tri County Tribune (Seagraves) photo/Christine Mills

A homicide in a small West Texas town leaves residents shocked and authorities searching for answers and a killer.

The 54-year-old victim died at a Lubbock hospital early Tuesday afternoon after a brutal attack at a farm chemical and fertilizer center in Seagraves earlier in the morning.

The Texas Rangers are assisting Seagraves Police and the Gaines County Sheriff's Department in this homicide investigation.

Sources tell us that the incident happened about 60-miles southwest of Lubbock in Seagraves at Agriliance which is a few blocks west of Highway 62. We're told an employee of Agriliance called 911 around 7:35am after he found his co-worker Robert "Rocky" Bryant severely beaten and lying on the floor of a fertilizer barn.

Seagraves EMS took Bryant to a Brownfield hospital with extensive injuries. From there, AeroCare flew him to University Medical Center where he died Tuesday afternoon.

NewsChannel 11 has learned that this was not a random attack, and authorities believe the suspect knew Bryant.

Christine Mills, editor and publisher of the Seagraves Tri County Tribune, sent a picture to NewsChannel 11 that was taken a few blocks away from the crime scene. Police used dogs to track a possible suspect shortly after Bryant was found.

So far there are no leads in this investigation.

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