Henderson County grand jury indicts driver accused of running down, killing man

Henderson County grand jury indicts driver accused of running down, killing man
Robert Bradley (Source: Henderson County Jail)

ATHENS, TX (KLTV) - A Henderson County grand jury has indicted a Eustace man on a murder charge in connection to allegations that he was involved in a fatal hit and run auto-pedestrian incident on May 30.

Robert Clayton Bradley was booked into the Henderson County Jail on a first-degree murder charge on May 31. His bond amount has been set at $2.5 million.

Henderson County Sheriff Botie Hillhouse said Robert Clayton Bradley, 28, of Eustace was charged with murder after he intentionally hit a man with his truck.
Hillhouse said Bradley and a female passenger were traveling on Farm-to-Market Road 2709 toward Athens when he saw Rodney Abbott, 30, walking along the road.

Bradley stopped, made a U-turn and proceeded to drive his vehicle into Abbott at a high rate of speed, according to officials with the Texas Department of Public Safety. Hillhouse said the truck then careened into a pasture and hit a large tree.

Hillhouse said Bradley then fled the scene of the crime but was located by Henderson County Sheriff's Office deputies at his nearby home.

Bradley and the female passenger were taken to a Tyler hospital for treatment of their injuries.

Later, a murder warrant was issued for Bradley.

Abbott's body was taken to the Southwest Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas for an autopsy.

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