Double Murder Shakes Small West Texas Town of Grandfalls

By Sylvia Gonzalez
NewsWest 9

GRANDFALLS - The small West Texas town of Grandfalls was shaken up on Wednesday morning after a gruesome double murder was discovered in a travel trailer at an RV park. Several calls about gunfire came into the sheriff's office and when deputies arrived they found the bodies of 31-year-old Christina Stafford of Grandfalls and 30-year-old Travis Dewitt of Royalty.

As you can imagine, people who live in Grandfalls can't believe it could happen in their small town.

"I never expected anything especially around here in Grandfalls, who would've expected it," Grandfalls resident, Sammy Olivas, said.

The small town of Grandfalls is a quiet town, that was shaken to its core after a double murder, 28-year-old Rodney Crawford is accused of killing his ex-girlfriend, 31-year-old Christina Stafford and 30 year old Travis Dewitt.

Olivas was a friend of Crawford's for 15 years and he says this was a total shock to him.

"I never expected it, I had known the guy for 15 years. Real surprising when I heard that he had done that, both real good people," Olivas said.

According to Ward County Sheriff Michael Strickland, everything happened around 1:37 a.m. when Crawford showed up to an RV park unannounced killing both Stafford and Dewitt.

"We got a call of shots fired, deputies started coming to the area. We got numerous other reports. They got to the trailer, what they found was an open door and two bodies. They had a young daughter that ran to the neighbors to make the report," Strickland said.

Strickland told NewsWest 9 that just last week Crawford was arrested for public intoxication. He also confirmed that Crawford is the son of the deputy in Grandfalls. Strickland says that's where Crawford got the weapon used in the double murder.

"Actually it belonged to the sheriff's office, it was his (the father) issued duty weapon, apparently he went into the residence sometime after they had gone to bed and removed it," Strickland said.

Resident, Cherie Whitlow, says she didn't know Travis well but did know Christina for five years. She is saddened that this happened to her and wants people to remember Christina for who she really was.

Christina's daughter was treated for a glancing wound to the leg and released from Ward Memorial Hospital in Monahans.

Crawford is currently being treated at Medical Center Hospital for blunt force trauma to the head. Officials are still investigating whether it was self inflicted wound.

Once he is released from the hospital, he will be transferred to the Ector County Jail where he faces two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder.

NewsWest 9 will bring more details on this story as they become available.