Monday, September 28, 2015

Former Carthage/Diamond resident sought on first degree murder charge

An arrest warrant has been issued and bond set at $1 million for a former Carthage and Diamond resident charged with first degree murder in connection with a shooting death Saturday in Wentworth

Clinton Ross Blizzard, 26, is no stranger to southwest Missouri law enforcement. Online court records show that an October 7 pre-trial conference is scheduled in Newton County Circuit Court for Blizzard on felony charges of unlawful possession of a firearm and trafficking in drugs for crimes that allegedly took place July 1.

On the following day, the Highway Patrol arrested Blizzard in Jasper County on misdemeanor charges of driving while revoked and not having any insurance.

The latest charge against Blizzard is detailed in the probable cause warrant, written by Det. Sgt. Chris Berry of the Lawrence County Sheriff's Department:

On September 26, 2015, deputy arrived at 14322 Lawrence 1010, Sarcoxie, Lawrence County, Missouri, with a white male who was deceased laying in the yard.

Nathaniel "Steven" Higgins DOB 6-24-1980, was ID as the person who was deceased in the yard.

An interview with Gary Dodson who saw a person known as "Bat Boy" Clinton on the southwest side of the residence located at 14322 Lawrence 1010, Wentworth, Lawrence County Missouri displaying a dark color handgun in an angry and threatening manner toward Steven Higgins as he was leaving in a red car.

Gary Dodson observed Clinton go back into the home and Gary walked in the front yard observing Clinton come out the front door of the residence with the handgun in his hand, walk over to Steven, who was standing in the yard and shoot him two times and go back into the home.

Gary Dodson observed Clinton walk back out of the residence with a backpack, take his shirt off and tell them that he was not dead and "here, use this for the blood" and left the residence southbound on FR 1010.

Lawrence County Coroner pronounced Nathaniel "Steve" Higgins deceased from a gunshot wound to the chest.

Interview was conducted on scene with witness who ID Clinton as Clinton Ross who had been in the Newton County Jail.

The investigation concludes that Clinton Ross is Clinton Ross Blizzard W/M DOB 01/19/1989.

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