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Texas mother, son indicted in 1977 murder of Army officer


This undated photo provided by the El Paso County Sheriff's Office shows Lisbeth Ann Garrett and Roger Evan Garrett. (El Paso County Sheriff's Office)

The wife and stepson of a decorated Army officer killed in a decades-old cold murder case have been charged with his death, the El Paso Times reported. 

Roger Evan Garrett, 54, and his mother, Lisbeth Ann Garrett, 74, were indicted on murder charges in the Jan. 3, 1977, killing of Army Maj. Chester Garrett, according to the newspaper.

West Texas investigators said in February they had solved the murder of the Army Green Beret, who was found with a fractured skull and stab wounds in an El Paso County desert 35 years ago.

Roger Garrett was extradited from Knoxville, Tenn., where he had been living, to El Paso, the newspaper reported. Both Roger and Lisbeth Garrett are being held in the El Paso County Jail on $1 million bonds.

The 35-year-old major's bloody body was found in the back seat of his 1972 Volkswagen in the desert east of El Paso. Investigators say he'd been stabbed 10 times but died of a skull fracture.

At the time of his death, investigators found footprints and a set of tracks belonging to a different car in the area, but no signs of a struggle, according to the newspaper. 

The case eventually went cold after all leads became exhausted. The investigation was not reopened until 2006.

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