Abilene man accused of killing ex-mother-in-law found incompetent to stand trial

Crime

ABILENE, Texas (KTAB/KRBC) – An Abilene man accused of killing his ex-mother-in-law, a well-known businesswoman, has been found incompetent to stand trial. 

Gary Shane Clinton, 50, was declared incompetent during a pre-trial hearing at the Taylor County courthouse Friday morning. He will now be transferred to a mental health facility where they will attempt to restore his competency and his ability to stand trial will be re-evaluated at a later date. 

A bond reduction hearing also took place but the request was denied, meaning Clinton will remain jailed on a $400,000 bond for the murder charge.

Clinton is accused of stabbing and killing Arlinda ‘Lin’ Rushing, 75,  at her home on Pinehurst in September. 

Clinton was married to Rushing’s daughter over 10 years ago, and after they divorced, the documents state he would break into her house and break family pictures. He’s also accused of stealing items from the home where Rushing was found dead. 

Court records show Rushing’s daughter filed a protective order against Clinton in 1998. 

Rushing’s husband told police he received a “weird” phone call around 12 hours before Rushing was killed. The documents state he claimed he couldn’t make out much of the call, because the caller sounded either drunk or high, but he was able to hear the caller say “don’t take this personally”.

The caller’s phone number was recorded on Caller ID and police later traced the number to Clinton, according to the documents. 

Police found Clinton sitting on a driveway in front of a home on Picadilly Street just minutes after Rushing was found dead. Documents state he was “barefooted and disoriented” and couldn’t remember why he was in that location. He was able to get in his car and leave. 

Hours before Rushing was killed, the documents state officers responded to Clinton’s apartment on Jefferson Street after receiving reports that he was burning clothing outside. When the arrived on scene, he was already gone, but they found several burned items inside the apartment, as well as holes in the windows and other structural damage. 

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