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Warrant: Murder suspect 'drunk' when he drove over victim at Taylor County ranch

Phillip Roberts Aldridge

TAYLOR COUNTY, Texas - The Taylor County Sheriff's Office says a murder suspect was "drunk" when he drove over and then dragged a man Friday afternoon at a ranch in Ovalo.

That's according to a search warrant obtained by KTXS.

Phillip Roberts Aldridge, 71, of Goldsboro was arrested Saturday for the murder of 60-year-old Tony Elkins of Ovalo.

A witness told deputies the two were riding in a pickup truck together before the killing.

After Elkins' body was found by a deer hunter at Sanders Ranch, deputies traveled to Aldridge's residence in Goldsboro and located the pickup that allegedly had been used to drive over and drag Elkins, killing him.

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A Fort Worth man told deputies that he had been at a deer hunting cabin at Sanders Ranch on Friday, Nov. 17 along with "Tony Elkins" and "Phillip," according to a search warrant affidavit. He said Elkins and Phillip were "drunk."

The two men left the ranch about 2:30 p.m. in a 2013 silver GMC Z-71 pickup and "Phillip" was driving, according to the witness.

The witness said he saw the pickup heading toward a ranch gate that led to County Road 145. The truck came back back a few minutes later.

At 3:48 p.m., a Dallas man who was also hunting deer at Sanders Ranch found Elkins' body.

There wasn't any indication, according to the warrant, what led to Aldridge allegedly running over Elkins with the vehicle.

Deputies responded to Sanders Ranch and determined Elkins had "suffered what appeared to be blunt force trauma to the head and other injuries consistent with being run over and drug on the ground by a vehicle."

Investigators also determined "Phillip" was Phillip Roberts Aldridge, the warrant said.

Representatives of the Taylor County Sheriff's Office and Coleman County Sheriff's Office went to Aldridge's address in Goldsboro on Saturday, Nov. 18, where they located the 2013 silver GMC Z-71 registered to Aldridge. The truck had what "appeared to be blood underneath it on the transmission support, exhaust pipe, muffler, and other areas."

According to the warrant, deputies found the following items (some in the pickup): a 15-pack box of Natural Light beer with five, 12 ounce cans of beer remaining, two bottles of "Kentucky Deluxe" whiskey (one two-thirds full and the other about nine-tenths full), an empty Natural Light beer can, an empty Plains Dairy orange juice bottle, a Grizzly long cut snuff can, an ATT "flip phone," and blood and fiber evidence.

Aldridge was an probation at the time of his arrest for murder. In November 2016, he was convicted of a third DWI and sentenced to eight years in prison. But that sentence was suspended for 10 years.

The court filed a motion to revoke saying he violated the terms of the probation by: - running over Elkins with a motor vehicle - using and consuming alcohol - not avoiding people with criminal records (Elkins) - failing to complete 160 hours of community service within 12 months - operating a motor vehicle without an interlock device - operating a motor vehicle after consuming alcohol - driving without a valid license

Aldridge is currently being held in the Taylor County Jail on the motion to revoke.

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