El Paso Police ID Victim and Suspect in Year's First Murder

El Paso Police ID Victim and Suspect in Year's First Murder
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Friday, January 6, 2012 - 6:17pm

Court Documents Reveal Motive Was Drug Related

EL PASO – Police have released the name of a man who was stabbed to death in Central El Paso.

Police say they found 55-year-old Clifton Baker lying on the sidewalk in the 1100 block of Texas Avenue around 12:15 a.m. Friday. He had been stabbed several times in the upper body and later died at the hospital.

Officers noticed 32-year-old Royce Jackman and another man walking away from the victim and officers detained them for questioning. Police say Jackman was still holding the knife used in the attack in one hand, and Baker's money in the other.

According to a Complaint Affidavit obtained by NewsChannel 9, Jackman gave detectives a statement that implicated himself in the murder. The document states that Jackman knew Baker had money in his pocket and Jackman wanted it to buy drugs. Police say Jackman attacked Baker and knocked him to the ground.

“The victim pulled out a knife in an attempt to defend himself. The defendant kicked the victim in the face, and the victim lost the knife. The defendant took the knife and stabbed the victim several times, killing him,” states the Complaint Affadavit.

Jackman is charged with Capital Murder and was booked into the El Paso County Jail on a $250,000 bond.

Police have not identified the other man officers saw walking away from the scene with Jackman, but they say he has not been criminally charged. Police have not said what role he played in the incident.

However, according to the Complaint Affadavit, a man named Robert Renfro Jones witnessed the murder and gave detectives a statement.


Baker and Jackman lived at the Opportunity Center, a homeless shelter about a block away from the murder scene.

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