Grandfalls Double Murder Suspect Found Dead In Jail

Josh Navarro
NewsWest 9

WARD CO.- The man charged in a September double murder in Grandfalls is now dead. 28-year-old Rodney Crawford was found dead in his jail cell Thursday morning in Ward County after an apparent suicide.

Authorities won't confirm exactly how Crawford died but an autopsy is being conducted.

NewsWest 9 spoke to the ex mother-in-law, who says she didn't desire him to die.

"We didn't want no one dead, you know. We didn't want my daughter-in-law killed, we didn't want Rodney dead. My heart just goes out to his family so much," ex mother-in-law, Barbara Stafford, said.

A very heavy hearted ex mother-in-law is speaking out after hearing the news that Crawford, the man accused of killing her daughter-in-law, Christina Stafford, apparently took his life.

"I don't know why he did, only God knows and I don't have any animosity toward him, I mean God has a handle of this. I'm just distraught, I feel so sorry for his family," Stafford said.

Back in September, authorities arrived to an RV park in Grandfalls and found Christina Stafford and Travis Dewitt dead. Stafford's eight year old daughter was grazed by a bullet.

A standoff went on for several hours that day between officials and the Ward County Sheriff Deputy's son.

Crawford faced two counts of murder and one count of attempted murder, a chapter closed in Stafford's life.

"I think it's closure for everyone because God knows what would have happened if he would, we wouldn't want him mistreated or abused in the penal code. I just think it closes the whole chapter on this," Stafford said.

The Texas Rangers were gathering more evidence against Crawford to present in court and a trial date was still pending.

The little eight year old daughter we're told is doing well and is currently staying with family.

The victim's family says Crawford's death comes a day before the month anniversary of the shooting.