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Erath teen charged in murder

James Jackson Skylar Slade, 17, of Erath, is being held in Erath County Jail on a $250,000 bond after being charged in the Dec. 19 murder of Erath County resident Clifford Rurak, 41.

According to the Erath County Sheriff’s Office, deputies were called at 12:26 a.m. to 366 CR264 near Hico in reference to a reported shooting at the residence.

ECSO advised that responding deputies discovered a male at the residence that was deceased from an apparent gunshot wound.

He was later identified as Rurak.

Investigators questioned Slade and additional witnesses from the crime scene throughout the course of the investigation. Slade was arrested at 6:03 a.m. the same day and transported to Erath County Jail.

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