Deputies Quick Thinking Leads to Fast Arrest in Murder Case

by Victor Lopez
NewsWest 9

ECTOR COUNTY--A man is stabbed after an argument in Ector County.  It didn't take long for deputies to put two and two together to track down his suspected killer.

As if they don't have enough on their minds when responding to an emergency call, Sheriff Mark Donaldson says it was his deputies' ability to think fast on their feet that made it possible for them to catch their man.

37-year-old Clifford Paul Woods was arrested in his home sometime after 4a.m. Tuesday morning. Deputies were able to track him down after witnesses say he stabbed 29-year-old Brian Allen Dillion after an argument somewhere along West 16th Street.

According to the Sheriff's Department, Dillion and Woods had been at a bar, somewhere on FM 1936 then left to go to an after party. The vehicles pulled over in front of a house, Woods got out, and that's where, according to his friends, Dillion was stabbed after an argument.

Dillion's friends were taking him to the hospital when the car they were in hit a curb at the intersection of West County Road and 16th and ended up in the Long John Silver's parking lot.

When they found Dillion had been hurt prior to the accident, Odessa Police called the Sheriff's Department.  That's when they got a description of Woods vehicle. Deputies remembered they had seen it earlier that night.

"I praise my guys for doing a good job and quick. They got on it. Sometimes you get lucky and sometimes it's just hard work. It was a little bit of both to get this solved this fast," Donaldson said.

Dillion was taken to Medical Center Hospital with stab wounds to his neck and arm.  He later died from his injuries.

An arrest warrant was issued for Clifford Woods, who was arrested and charged with murder.

He is custody at the Ector County Detention Center. 

No bond has been set.