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Ex-boyfriend of Abilene murder victim's daughter named in investigation

ABILENE, Texas - A former boyfriend of one of Tom Niblo’s daughters is now being investigated in connection with the Abilene real estate agent’s murder.

Niblo was shot to death Dec. 12 at his home on Woodridge Drive.

Abilene police obtained a search warrant Tuesday for 35-year-old Clay Brummett’s phone.

According to the affidavit, Brummett dated one of Niblo’s daughters for several years, but it “ended badly a couple of years ago.” Police said he is still “clearly upset” that they broke up.

Police say when they contacted Brummett about the murder, “he was very nervous.”

According to the affidavit, Brummett gave “conflicting times” for when he woke up the morning of Niblo’s murder, but he was very specific about what he did that afternoon.

Police said they learned Brummett had not talked to Niblo “in some time until approximately two weeks prior to the murder.” The affidavit says Brummett talked to Niblo about the failed relationship with his daughter.

According to the affidavit, police want to review call, text and data logs from Brummett’s cell phone account. They also want to review GPS data to learn the whereabouts of Brummett’s cell phone from Nov. 28 to Dec. 19. Police believe all the items are related to the offense of murder.

KTXS reported last week that police sought phone records belonging to Luke and Ellouise Sweetser. Those search warrants did not specify GPS records, but did include a request for web history and app data, along with social media messages and call and text logs.

Luke Sweetser is Niblo’s brother-in-law. He’s charged with theft of a firearm. Police have said his arrest was “made in relation to [the murder] investigation.”

No one has been charged with Niblo’s murder.


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