Murder for hire trial to begin


The trial of a Waco man accused of hiring someone to kill a man who he thought had been involved in he and another man being robbed was set to begin Monday in McLennan County 54th District Court.

Tyler Sherrod Clay was arrested in June of 2017 in connection with the shooting that had occurred in December of 2015.

In that incident,  37-year-old Joshua Ladale Pittman was shot and killed at the Pick ‘N’ Pay Food Mart at 504 Faulkner Lane.

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

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.

Detectives say they believe those robbery victims then conspired to murder Pittman,  saying Clay solicited Spratt to commit the murder. 

Tyler Clay was arrested by Waco officers and members of the U.S. Marshal Task Force at a Smoke Shop he owns in the 1300 block of Dallas Street and has since been charged with capital murder.

Jury selection began Monday morning.

Prosecutors were not seeking the death penalty.

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