Pleads not guilty

A Quinlan man pleaded not guilty to killing his mother in May.

A Quinlan man pleaded not guilty to killing his mother in May.

The Hunt County grand jury indicted Clifton Crabtree July 27 on one count of murder in connection with the death of Lisa Ann Crabtree, 55, of Quinlan.

Clifton Crabtree entered the not guilty plea during a Tuesday morning arraignment hearing in the 354th District Court.

Judge Keli Aiken accepted the plea and then scheduled an Oct. 4 interim hearing to consider discovery evidence. A tentative trial date was not immediately set in the case.

Clifton Crabtree, 24, is being held in the Hunt County Detention Center on a $1 million bond on the charge.

The Hunt County Sheriff’s Office issued a statement indicating it was notified at 5:45 p.m. May 7 of a disturbance involving shots fired in the 1200 block of Deer Lane in Quinlan.

Deputies were initially advised the caller stated she had been assaulted by a family member and the 911 call was disconnected. A second 911 call came in from a second person who stated that one person had been shot, but it was not clear whether the suspect had shot himself or another family member.

Multiple law enforcement officers arrived on scene and located several people at the location, one of which, Lisa Crabtree, had been shot.

The suspect, Clifton Crabtree, was still on scene and was detained. Both Lisa and Clifton Crabtree were believed to be living in the residence on Deer Drive at the time of the shooting.

Murder is a first degree felony, punishable upon conviction by up to life in prison.

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