“You saw the scene, you know what happened”. Jasper Police Chief Gerald Hall says that is the only statement that a man has said after he was arrested for allegedly stabbing to death a woman who was reportedly breaking up with him, ending their 21 year relationship.

53-year-old Royce Edward Larkin has been charged with murder and he remains jailed under a $1 million bond after police found 61-year-old Judy McKinney Arnold dead with multiple stab wounds in the driver seat of her brand new 2019 Chrysler 300. It happened early on the evening of Wednesday, September 11th on the parking lot of the Rodeway Inn on Highway 190 in Jasper.

Hall said that in the two weeks since the crime, detectives have attempted to interview Larkin multiple times, but he’s not talking.

Meanwhile, Hall said that DNA samples from the crime scene have been submitted for testing which he says will aid the Jasper County District Attorney’s Office in prosecuting the case.

Judy McKinney Arnold was a 27-year veteran educator in Jasper ISD and was a teacher at Few Primary School at the time of her death.


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