Elderly Man Tortured, Arrests Made

Wise Co. Sheriff's Office confirms four people have been arrested

By Christina Miralla
|  Thursday, Jun 14, 2012  |  Updated 5:31 AM CDT
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Elderly Man Tortured, Arrests Made

Roger Lee Hammons, left, and JImmy Ray Murrell, right.

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An 82-year-old man is in recovery after he was found tied up and tortured in his Wise County home.

Deputies found Marvin Zimmerman bound with duct tape and handcuffs laying on the living room floor of his home on June 8.

Wise County Sheriff David Walker said a neighbor in the 1400-block of New Hope Road near Briar had not seen Zimmerman for a few days and went to check on him around 10 p.m. The neighbor looked through the window and saw Zimmerman on the floor, according to authorities.

Zimmerman provided authorities with a description of his attackers before he was transported to a Fort Worth hospital in serious condition.

Investigators believe Zimmerman may have been tied up for several days before he was discovered.

Deputies arrested Roger Hammons and Jimmy Murrell on Tuesday. The two confessed to authorities about their involvement in the attack, according to the Wise County Sheriff’s Office. One of the two men admitted to using a stun gun on Zimmerman while he was tied up to find out where he kept his valuables, according to authorities.

Hammons and Murrell were charged with injury to the elderly and aggravated robbery, both first degree felonies.

Authorities said one of Zimmerman’s attackers was living in the home.

On Wednesday, Wise County Sheriff David Walker confirmed all four suspects have been arrested. The two additional suspects could also face injury to the elderly and aggravated robbery charges.

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