Livingston Man Arrested for Tampering with Evidence in Dorris Murder, LIVINGSTON, March 3, 2011 - On February 17, 2011, John Wesley McDuffie, 18, of Livingston, was turned over to officials with the Polk County Sheriff's Office by his Attorney Tom Brown. A warrant was issued for McDuffie's arrest 1 day prior to him being turned in. McDuffie was charged with tampering with evidence. The charges were filed in conjunction with an active murder investigation being conducted by the Polk County Sheriff's Office involving the murder of Heather Dorris. Dorris' body was found on December 30, 2010, on Old Woodville Road less than a mile from US-190 East (a short distance east of the Livingston City Limits).
John Wesley McDuffie is currently being held in the Polk County Jail under a $100,000.00 bond with conditions, which were set by District Judge, Robert H. Trapp.
(Events of Heather Dorris Murder Chronicled Below)
Cordell Renard Green, 22, of Alto
Suspect Arrested and Charged with Murder in Heather Dorris Murder Case, NACOGDOCHES, February 14, 2011 - The Nacogdoches County Sheriff's Office has arrested a suspect in the killing a Polk County woman that occurred on Old Woodville Road in December. Cordell Renard Green, 22, of Alto, was arrested without incident on Sunday night at a residence off Woden Road. Green has reportedly confessed to witnesses to killing Heather Dorris and actually admitted having shot her multiple times. Heather Dorris' body was found in the middle of Old Woodville on December 30, 2010. One witness reported seeing Green get into Dorris' car on the morning of her murder. According to Nacogdoches County Sheriff Thomas Kerss, Green has a violent history that includes armed robbery. Green's arrest is the culmination of an investigatory process conducted by Texas Ranger Ron Duff, Cherokee County Sheriff's Office, Alto Police and Lufkin Police. Green was initially arrested shortly after the murder, but authorities lacked enough evidence to hold Green and he was released. Green has been turned over to the Polk County Sheriff's Office where he now resides. Any possible motive in the murder has not yet been released by authorities.
Investigators kept the scene a good distance from public view.
Body of 25 Year Old Livingston Woman Found on Road, Foul Play Suspected, LIVINGSTON, December 30, 2010 - Shortly before 6 am on December 30, 2010, a passer by reported finding the body of a young woman in the middle of Old Woodville Road less than a mile from US-190 East. According to sources, the young woman is identified as Heather Doriss, 25, of Livingston. Investigators blocked Old Woodville Road at both ends a lengthy distance from the scene of the alleged crime. Blood hounds from Texas Department of Corrections were brought in during the gathering of evidence. Justice of the Peace David Johnson performed an inquest at the scene. According to sources, Heather Doriss was possibly shot and stabbed. Her car was on the side of Old Woodville Road a short distance from where she was found. A first-call car from Cochran Funeral Home transported the body away from the scene. The Polk County Sheriff's Office is investigating the incident. As details emerge and when details are released, we will post updates on this disturbing story.