Roger Garrett, 54, is set for an extradition hearing before a Tennessee judge in Knox County, next week in connection with the death of his stepfather, Maj. Chester Garrett, more than 36 years ago. There is little chance the judge will deny the motion.
Roger Garrett and his mother, Lisbeth, 74, who was previously identified as his stepmother, have been charged in the 1977 brutal stabbing death of former Green Beret, Maj. Chester Garrett. Bail has been set for $5 million each.
The confusion in son/stepson status for Roger Garrett stems from the fact, that while Roger is the biological son of Lisbeth from a previous relationship, many years ago he took the last name of his stepfather, Chester Garrett.
The mother, Lisbeth and Maj. Garrett were married, but estranged, at the time the Fort Bliss Army officer was found murdered in his car in rural El Paso County.
This morning’s ElPasoTimes.com indicated that Roger Garrett and his family have been transient over the years with ties to New Mexico, Texas, Georgia and Louisiana; however, there was no indication that the frequent moves were an attempt to elude authorities in the alleged murder scheme.
Lisbeth Garrett still resides in the El Paso area.
No motive for the horrific fatal beating has been established.
The El Paso County Sheriff’s Department started taking a fresh look at evidence in this cold case back in 2006. They have yet to release information on how they made the connection to Lisbeth and Roger Garrett in the major's death.
They long-suspected the killing was not the work of a lone murderer.
The victim, Maj. Chester Garrett, was a decorated Army officer who had served five tours in Vietnam. Among his commendations was the Distinguished Service Cross.
Additional details on KFox14, El Paso.
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