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Dyess employee charged, former deputy fire chief re-arrested for tampering with evidence

Floyd Jones

A Dyess employee was arrested Friday in connection to the charges against retired Dyess Deputy Fire Chief Floyd Jones.

Randy Payne, an I.T. employee for Dyess Air Force Base, has been charged with tampering with evidence.

During a news conference on Friday, Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge said Payne had warned Jones that he was being investigated for online solicitation of a minor prior to his arrest.

Standridge says Payne’s warning allowed Jones to destroy some evidence before he was taken into custody.

Jones was arrested in November 2017 as a result of an undercover sting involving a federal agent.

Jones had bonded out since his arrest, but he was booked back into Taylor County Jail Thursday and charged with tampering with evidence.

He was released on $35,000 bond.

Jail records indicated Payne had not been booked as of 2 p.m. Friday.

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