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August 5, 2008

Tool man arrested for capital murder

Christopher Blane McFaul arrested in Tarrant County for the murder of two-year-old boy

A 19-year-old man, arrested in Tarrant County in connection with the death of a 2-year-old Tool boy has been returned to Henderson County to face a capital murder charge.

Christopher Blane McFaul was held in the Henderson County Jail Monday with bond set at $1.5 million. The charge is capital murder because the victim Douglas Crickmore Jr. was less than six years old.

The arrest followed a two-month investigation, mostly spent waiting for a report on the cause of death from the medical examiner. The autopsy report, released July 23, said the death was caused by blunt force trauma.

Henderson County Sheriff’s Department Lt. Pat McWilliams said dispatch received a 9-1-1 call concerning the child at about 3 a.m., May 27. EMS was summoned to the address on County Road 2450 in Tool. Emergency workers found the boy face down in his bed and unresponsive. EMS transported the child to ETMC – Gun Barrel City where he was pronounced dead by Justice of the Peace Pct. 2 Dale Blaylock.

Last Wednesday, Henderson County Court at Law Judge No. 2 Nancy Perryman issued a warrant for the arrest of McFaul, who had lived with the child’s mother, Crystal Crickmore at the time of the child’s death.

After learning that McFaul was staying in Bedford, Investigator Kevin Haynes contacted the Tarrant County Sheriff’s Office Fugitive Taskforce in Fort Worth and requested their assistance in executing the warrant. Authorities arrested McFaul and transported him to the Tarrant County Jail, where he remained until his return to Henderson County.

McFaul is the second man arrested in the Tool area for the death of a two-year-old since Oct. 27, 2007.

Michael Lyndon Whitman, 37 was arrested last year for the killing of Maliki Overturf.

Whitman, who could have faced the death penalty had the case gone to trial, accepted a plea of life without possibility of parole.

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