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Woman killed in Caldwell

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CALDWELL - A woman was killed and a teenage girl was sexually assaulted during a domestic feud in Caldwell Friday morning, law enforcement officers said.

Police were called to 804 Fawn St. when the girl approached a Caldwell officer shortly after 11 a.m., saying that she had escaped from the home after having been sexually assaulted, according to Department of Public Safety Trooper Jimmy Morgan.

The girl told the officer that a man, later identified as 51-year-old Edward Clinton Lee, was in the house. The girl said Lee shot her grandmother around 6:30 a.m., Morgan said.

When officers arrived at the home, Lee had barricaded himself inside.

Burleson County Sheriff Dale Stroud said his department assisted in negotiations with Lee, who surrendered peacefully after about two hours.

Bryston Burns, 18, was at a friend's house, located on the same block as the crime scene. He had gone outside to smoke a cigarette Friday afternoon, when he saw police surrounding the nearby home and was told to go back inside.

"A cop yelled at me to get back inside the house, and I was scared," Burns said. "Stuff like this doesn't usually happen in Caldwell."

When officers entered the house, Morgan said, they found the body of the teenager's grandmother, who was believed to be Lee's girlfriend.

A Bryan resident, Barbara Manuel, who knew Lee, the grandmother and the teenager, said her husband called her today to let her know what had happened.

"It's painful. It's very painful," she said. "I knew [Lee] was crazy but I didn't think he was that crazy. It was very shocking news when I heard it."

Lee, a self-employed truck driver, was convicted of indecency with a 13-year-old child in 1993. He was placed on parole and required to register with local authorities annually until April of next year.

Lee is being held at the Burleson County Jail. Morgan said that Texas Rangers will continue the investigation and decide what charges Lee will face.

The identity of the dead woman was being withheld pending notification of kin.


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