KETR Local
12:46 am
Mon January 19, 2009

Sulphur Springs man charged with murder

Sulphur Springs – A Sulphur Springs man is arrested after reportedly admitting to causing the death of his grandmother Saturday night in the City.

Jerry Chadwick Clayton remained in custody at the Hopkins County Jail Monday on a charge of first-degree murder, with bond set at $1 million.

The crime is alleged to have occurred at his grandmother's home in the 1000 block of Como Street. The woman's name was not released. According to Sulphur Springs Police Chief Jim Bayuk an initial investigation indicated blunt force trauma to the head to be the cause of death, but an autopsy has been ordered to determine the exact cause.

Clayton is said to have arrived at the Police Department early Saturday morning, telling patrol officers that he'd been assaulted. Officers noted that Clayton had blood on his clothes. When asked again, he said his grandmother had been assaulted and needed medical attention. Upon further questioning, Clayton eventually confessed.

This is the first homicide reported in Sulphur Springs since 2005.