Man accused of killing Texas store clerk once set classroom on fire

Rufus Edward Lockett. (Jail photo)
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COLLEGE STATION, Tex. (KBTX) The Brenham man arrested Monday in College Station for aggravated robbery in connection with the shooting death of a store clerk served time in prison for setting a classroom on fire a decade ago, KBTX has learned.

In 2009, Rufus Edward Lockett, 29, was sentenced to eight years in prison for setting fire to a Brenham classroom two years earlier.

He reportedly set the fire to avoid taking a test.

The fire caused $200,000 worth of damage, and Lockett pleaded guilty to first degree felony arson.

Records indicate Lockett was released from prison in 2017.

Records also state Lockett was arrested for burglary of habitation in Brenham in 2009, which is a second degree felony.

Now, Lockett is in custody in Brazos County after police say he robbed a College Station gas station and shot the clerk.

Lockett was initially charged with aggravated robbery, according to Brazos County Justice Web.

According to College Station police, just after 8:30 p.m. Sunday, Lockett went into the Valero on Rock Prairie Road and Highway 6 and demanded money.

A witness told police that when the clerk was unable to provide any money, the man shot her repeatedly and fled in a dark, possibly gray sedan.

Police identified the clerk Monday morning as Anita Jean Randle, 54, of College Station.

College Station Fire Department paramedics performed life saving measures at the scene, and Randle was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hospital in critical condition.

She died Sunday night.