Father of slain Mo. veteran dies in crash
Tuesday, January 17, 2012
LOCKWOOD, Mo. (AP) — The father of an Afghanistan war veteran who was killed last year at a southwest Missouri home has died in a one-vehicle crash.
The Missouri State Highway Patrol says that 60-year-old Philip Clayton, of Lockwood, was killed Sunday afternoon in Dade County. The patrol says Clayton's pickup truck ran off a county road, struck a culvert and overturned in a creek.
A relative told the Springfield News-Leader (http://sgfnow.co/ywnS3G) that Clayton had been feeling good in the past few days because a suspect had finally been charged in the killing of his son.
Thirty-year-old Chad Clayton was found beaten to death in July in his Lockwood home. A 28-year-old man was arrested last week and charged with second-degree murder.
In October, Chad Clayton's mother — who was Philip Clayton's ex-wife — died of cancer.