Convicted murderer wanted for parole violation found with weapon at Texas truck stop

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Apr. 19 2021, Updated 12:56 p.m. ET

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A convicted murderer wanted for a parole violation was found with a knife at a truck stop in El Paso, Texas, according to police. 

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Ronnie Gerarld Wiggins was convicted of killing a man by stabbing him multiple times, according to the El Paso Times.

Police responded to a call caused by a disturbance at a truck stop on April 15. Witnesses reported a man who appeared intoxicated had just purchased a knife, the El Paso Times reported.

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When officers arrived, Wiggins had a long knife in his right hand as he was walking away from police. They ordered him to drop the knife, and he eventually obeyed.

A warrant check found Wiggins was wanted for a parole violation in a murder case. 

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He was convicted of stabbing a man multiple times and leaving him in the middle of a county road in the Texas Panhandle, according to ABC 7 Amarillo. The two men got into an argument while they were traveling to New Mexico in 2000.

The body of the victim, Allen Caton, 40, was found by a rancher on a road off Interstate 40 near Vega.

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Wiggins was later arrested in Oklahoma, ABC 7 Amarillo reported. In 2005, he pleaded guilty to the murder charge and was sentenced to 22 years in prison to run at the same time of his federal time.

In 2017, he was brought to Texas to serve the remainder of his sentence after he was released from federal prison.

Wiggins is currently being held without bond at El Paso County Jail on the parole violation issued by the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.


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