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Abilene man accused of killing former mother-in-law indicted by grand jury

Gary Shane Clinton (Taylor County Jail)

An Abilene man accused of killing his former mother-in-law was indicted Thursday by a Taylor County grand jury.

Gary Shane Clinton, 50, was indicted for murder and criminal mischief.

Police say he killed Lin Rushing on Aug. 31 by cutting her throat.

Her husband found Rushing on the kitchen floor of their home on Pinehurst in south Abilene. A knife was next to her body, according to court documents.

Larry Rushing last spoke with his wife at 4:23 p.m., less than 30 minutes before he found her body. They had talked about dinner plans.

A witness told police she saw Clinton in the neighborhood around the time of the murder.

Surveillance video from a convenience store showed Clinton's car driving on Chimney Rock toward the Rushing's home at 4:19 p.m. It also shows the same car headed north on Buffalo Gap at 4:49 p.m.

At 5:13 p.m., Clinton was found sitting in the front yard of a home on Picadilly Street near Dyess Elementary. His car was parked in a driveway across the street.

Clinton, who was barefoot, "appeared disoriented and mentally disabled>" according to court documents. He could not explain why he was at the home.

Clinton told police he was looking for love and that he had the power of telepathy.

He was eventually allowed to leave.

During the investigation, police learned Clinton called the Rushing's home at 4:23 a.m. that morning and left a "weird message" on the answering machine that ended with "don't take this personal."

The Rushing's daughter told police Clinton was involved in drugs and was abusive to her during their marriage.

Abilene Police Chief Stan Standridge said Clinton has been estranged from the family for the past 10 years.

Larry Rushing told police that he had not seen or heard from Clinton in over a decade.

Two hours before the murder, Clinton was seen burning clothes outside his apartment on Jefferson Street. When police went inside his apartment, they found "burnt items, broken glass, holes in the walls, and forks and hangers stabbed into the walls."

Clinton was arrested Sept. 4 and charged with criminal mischief for the damage to his apartment.

During questioning, police asked Clinton about the murder. He claimed he didn't know Lin Rushing.

Clinton was charged with Rushing's murder on Sept. 18. He's still being held on $460,000 bond.

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