Body found in Dallas truck ID'd, driver arrested for murder

By Kimberely Lennard, Land Line staff writer | Thursday, August 23, 2012

The body discovered in a Dallas truck Monday morning has been identified as a 46-year-old Texas man and the driver has been arrested for first-degree murder.

Dallas Police Department spokeswoman Sherri Jeffrey said James Lynn of Lancaster, TX, was the man discovered by an officer making a traffic stop Monday, Aug. 20, around 4 a.m. The driver of the truck, 49-year-old Roderick Jordan of Mineral Spring, AR, was arrested on charges of first-degree murder Monday afternoon and is being held on $500,000 bond.

The arrest warrant stated Lynn’s body was found after an officer spotted a green bobtail truck traveling on the service road near Interstate 20 with the tires smoking and pulled it over. Jordan first told police there was no one else in the truck. When the officer asked permission to check inside the vehicle, Jordan agreed. The officer saw the body of a black male and asked who he was. Jordan responded, “He is dead.”

Further investigation confirmed the victim was dead and had “what appeared to be several stab wounds.” Jordan’s bloodstained clothing was later collected by Dallas police.

Originally, police were unsure if the truck was stolen. Police said today that Jordan was the registered driver of the truck. The Associated Press reported that police haven’t said what they think the relationship was between the two men.

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