2nd Arrest Connected To Murders

02-24-05 - A Haslet man was arrested today for a parole violation, a day after his business partner was arrested in the deaths of a pregnant woman and her seven-year-old son.

Thirty-three-year-old Ronald Royce Dodd is being questioned by police about what he knows about the murders.

Jail officials say they have no information on the type of parole violation. Dodd was sentenced to eight years in prison in 1997 for aggravated assault with a weapon and was released on parole in 2003.

Dodd's friend and business partner, 37-year-old Stephen Dale Barbee, was charged with capital murder after police say he confessed yesterday to suffocating bagel shop owner Lisa Underwood
and and her son Jayden.

Thirty-four-year-old Underwood was seven months pregnant with
Barbee's daughter.

The Underwoods were reported missing Saturday, prompting a
nationwide Amber Alert.

Their bodies were found yesterday in a shallow Denton County grave about 25 miles north of Fort Worth.

Police say they have not decided whether to charge Dodd in connection with the slayings.

Police say Dodd told investigators that he saw the bodies in the back of Underwood's vehicle in Denton County early Saturday and that Barbee told him what happened.


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