Murder for hire trial delayed

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The trial of Tyler Sherrod Clay, accused of plotting the murder of a man he thought set him up to be robbed has been delayed until at least next week over the unavailability of a witness who is in federal custody.

Due to what were described as ” bureaucratic problems” the witness who had been brought to McLennan County to testify was transferred back to a federal facility.

Jurors were selected earlier this week,  were first told to come back Wednesday, and now have been sent back home again.

Tyler  lay and Keith Antoine Spratt had been arrested in connection with the shooting death of 37-year-old Joshua Ladale Pittman who was killed at the Pci N Pay Food mart on Faulkner Lane in Waco back on December 23,   2015.

Police spokesman Patrick Swanton said during the investigation of Pittman’s murder, it was learned that Pittman had been involved in committing multiple robberies of individuals.

Investigators believe  that Pittman had set up Keith Spratt to be robbed and also robbed the second suspect, Tyler Clay.

They charge that Tyler Clay solicited Keith Spratt for the murder of Pittman.

Pittman had been playing a game machine inside the store when a masked man approached him and shot him several times in his face and upper torso.

Tyler Clay was arrested by Waco officers and members of the U.S. Marshals Task Force at a Smoke Shop he owned in the 1300 block of Dallas Street.

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