The warrant stated that Cecil Ray Huddleston – her husband as of April 2011, according to the Palo Pinto County District Clerk – was the last person to see Herrin and is, therefore, a “person of interest at this time.”
“I believe that Shannon Sheri Herrin died under suspicious circumstances that require further investigation,” the criminal investigator said within the text of the search warrant.
On Friday morning, MWPD arrested Huddleston, 49, on a blue warrant – violation of parole – and booked him into Palo Pinto County Jail.
MWPD Chief Dean Sullivan said Friday’s arrest was unrelated to the discovery of his wife’s body. Huddleston’s arrest history obtained by the Index showed a number of previous arrests, many on charges of possession of a controlled substance. Additionally, district court documents show he was convicted in 2005 of a first-degree felony for possession of methamphetamine, over 400 grams, and sentenced to 23 years in the Institutional Division of the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.