Conviction brings closure in '88 case

Cowboy found guilty in disappearance of West Texas rancher.

By Zeke MacCormack, San Antonio Express News

Updated 09:42 a.m., Wednesday, November 9, 2011

BOERNE — A jury here Tuesday convicted Lightsey Nathan “L.N.” Saul of conspiracy to commit capital murder in the 1988 disappearance of Fort Stockton rancher Joe Daggett, whose remains have never been found.

“I'm glad to see justice. It's about time,” said Merrell Daggett, the missing man's 72-year-old father.

State District Court Judge Bert Richardson ordered Saul, 59, taken into custody pending the sentencing hearing today.

Saul didn't take the stand during the two-week trial, which was moved here due to extensive publicity in Pecos County about the enduring mystery of what befell Daggett.

Trial testimony showed that Saul resented Daggett, 27, for dating his ex-wife, Sheridan Porter, and also claimed Daggett was exposing their young son, Chase Saul, to drugs.

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