Goldsboro man, 71, charged with murder at Big Country ranch south of Abilene

Phillip Roberts Aldridge

TAYLOR COUNTY, Texas - A 71-year-old Goldsboro man has been charged with murder after allegedly driving over and dragging "an associate" with a vehicle on a ranch near Lawn and roughly 30 miles south of Abilene.

Phillip Roberts Aldridge was taken into custody Friday, according to Taylor County Jail records. He remains jailed on $100,000 bond.

According to the Taylor County Sheriff's Office, deer hunters on a ranch in southeastern Taylor County reported finding a body earlier Friday. An investigation ensued and the body was identified as 60-year-old Tony Elkins of Ovalo.

The sheriff's office said "an associate of Elkins" - Aldridge - "had intentionally or knowingly caused the death of Tony Elkins by driving over and subsequently dragging him with a vehicle."

It wasn't immediately clear what prompted Aldridge to allegedly drive over Elkins.

Aldridge was located at his home in Coleman County. He was interviewed and then arrested and charged with first-degree felony murder.

Members of the Coleman County Sheriff's Office joined in the investigation.

KTXS will provide additional details as they become available.