Texarkana murder suspect arrested after 2 months on run

RODNEY LINDLEY
RODNEY LINDLEY

TEXARKANA, Texas -- A suspect in a September shooting death has been arrested in a joint operation between Texarkana Texas Police Department and Texas Department of Public Safety.

Rodney Jeral Lindley, 41, was arrested Thursday morning after police received information about where he was hiding in the city, said Shawn Vaughn, public information officer for the Police Department.

Lindley was wanted for the Sept. 13 murder of 30-year-old Mercedes Young.

Police were dispatched to a house in the 3800 block of Alexander Avenue, just south of Liberty-Eylau Early Childhood Center, about 5 p.m. after receiving reports of a disturbance and shots fired. At the scene, officers discovered Young with a gunshot wound.

Young died later that evening at the hospital.

Lindley, who allegedly immediately fled the scene after the shooting, was quickly identified as the suspect. Detectives obtained a murder warrant for him that night.

Shortly after Young's death, her mother, Deann Gregory, told the Gazette her daughter was at the house babysitting a friend's children. Gregory said she does not know why Lindley also was at the house.

Young's children, who were with their mother, allege that Lindley and Young had argued before their mother was shot, Gregory said.

Lindley was booked into Bi-State Detention Center on Thursday. Bail had not been set by Thursday afternoon.

Young's death was the city's first homicide of the year.

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