2 arrested in death of Fort Worth man found in burning SUV

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Two suspects have been arrested in the death of a Fort Worth man who was found Oct. 28 in a burning SUV at a natural gas site in Johnson County, according to a news release from Sheriff Bob Alford.

Robert E. Dodson, the 44-year-old victim, also was the man who reported to Fort Worth police in June that he had found a 17-year-old girl, Claudia Hidic, dead at the back door of his home in the Tanglewood neighborhood of Fort Worth.

The men suspected in his death are Dean Allen Walden, 47, and Joseph Robert Dodson, 31, both of Fort Worth. The arrests were Wednesday and Thursday in Fort Worth, according to the news release.

Walden was being held Thursday in the Johnson County Jail, facing a charge of capital murder. Bond was set at $250,000.

Joseph Dodson, meanwhile, was being held without bond in the Tarrant County Jail on a parole violation. The news release stated that he “has not been arraigned at this time on the capital murder charge.”

Although Joseph Dodson has the same last name as the victim, the two men are not related, said Alford, who was reached by phone Thursday.

Investigators believe that Robert Dodson was slain between Burleson and Rendon in Tarrant County, Alford said. Strangulation, Alford said, appeared to be the cause of death.

The victim subsequently was loaded into his own sports utility vehicle and driven to the gas site on County Road 915 and Skyline in Godley where the vehicle was set ablaze.

Alford declined to describe a motive in the killing, or any other details about the investigation. So far, the case has involved his investigators, along with Fort Worth police, Texas Rangers and the district attorneys for Johnson and Tarrant County.

“We’ve just been following leads,” Alford said. “That’s all we can really say right now.”

Before his death, Robert Dodson had told friends and relatives that he was worried that someone was after him. This was after he was arrested Oct. 4 on suspicion of possession of a controlled substance/methamphetamine. He was later indicted on the drug charge.

Dodson, a father of three, was vice president over management at Buckley Oil Co., a family-owned business in Dallas, according to the company’s website.

On June 28, he reported to Fort Worth police that he had found Hidic, 17, dead at the back door of his home near Tanglewood Elementary School in Fort Worth.

Police said that Hidic had orchestrated a robbery at the residence and she was shot to death during a gunbattle.

Her accomplices in the crime, Terrance Crumley and Curtis C. Fortenberry, both 21 and former football standouts at North Crowley High School, were arrested and indicted by a Tarrant County grand jury in Hidic’s death.

Shortly after Hidic’s killing, Dodson moved out of the Tanglewood neighborhood.

This report includes material from Star-Telegram archives.

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