Cleburne Times-Review, Cleburne, TX

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March 14, 2013

Murder tops indictment list


Grand jurors in the 249th District Court handed up 108 indictments on March 7 including charges for murder, solicitation of capital murder and tampering with a corpse.

The Texas Rangers charged Tab Johnson Denny, 53, of Burleson with solicitation of capital murder in January after he unwittingly attempted to hire Johnson County Sheriff Bob Alford to kill his estranged wife and her male friend.

Johnson, jailed in the Johnson County Law Enforcement Center on unrelated charges at the time, allegedly tried to hire fellow inmates to kill his wife, according to court records. Using that information, law enforcement officials arranged telephone contact between Johnson and “hit man” Alford. During several conversations over four days, Johnson allegedly discussed details and arrangements of the hits and reached an agreement on payment. Johnson is said to have been a bit shocked once he learned he had been talking to the sheriff all along.

Grand jurors also indicted James Anthony Sample, 31, of Dallas on a murder charge.

Cleburne police responded Dec. 27 to a building on the corner of Schaffer and South Main streets on a report of shots fired to discover the body of Brian Poole, 30, of Mesquite. Police arrested Sample later the same day.

They also arrested Howard Blain Dudley, 54, of Cleburne, and Joseph Thomas Alvarez, 29, of San Angelo, on a charges of tampering with evidence, corpse. Grand jurors also indicted Kimberly Dudley, 56, of Cleburne, who was arrested along with Dudley and Alvarez, on charges of tampering with evidence and fraudulent use or possession of identification.

Howard and Kimberly are the children of Cleburne businessman Howard Dudley.

The list of others indicted in March includes:

• Leonard Eldon Abshire III, Alvarado, theft of property.

• Wesley Dewayne Akins, Joshua, forgery of U.S. currency.

• Robert Lee Alexander, Seadrift, DWI 3rd or more. 

• Ira James Alvarez, Alvarado, burglary of a habitation.

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