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Former Dallas Police Officer Accused Of Killing Neighbor Following Dispute Over Dogs, Necklace


Dec. 13 2022, Published 11:15 a.m. ET

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A fight over a necklace ended with a former police officer allegedly killing a man in Texas, authorities said.

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Cathryn Lafitte, 43, was charged with murder in connection with the death last summer of her neighbor, JaMarlon Clardy, 46, The Dallas Express reported.

Around 6:30 p.m. on Aug. 2, police in Fort Worth responding to report of a shooting outside a home found Clardy in his neighbor Lafitte's front yard suffering gunshot wounds to his back and abdomen.

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The victim was rushed to a local hospital, where he later died from his injuries.

According to The Dallas Express, a woman told police she and Clardy, who she was in a relationship with, had gone to Lafitte's home about a necklace that was taken from the victim.


The woman claimed Clardy and Lafitte, a former police officer in Dallas, were in an longtime ongoing feud over his dogs, the outlet reported.

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The woman also alleged Lafitte had been texting Clardy before the shooting saying she would give him back the necklace but never did.

According to the report, the woman provided investigators with a recording of the incident that allegedly indicates Clardy knocked on Lafitte’s door the day of the incident and she opened it, closed it, opened it again and allegedly shot him.

Lafitte told investigators she was “in fear for her life” and claimed Clardy “bum-rushed her," The Dallas Express reported.

Police said video evidence didn’t match up with Lafitte’s statements about what happened.

Lafitte was arrested on one count each of murder and aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Her bond was set at $100,000.


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