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Police call man’s death suspicious (Trucker killed at Big Texan Steak Ranch)

AMARILLO, Texas – Potter-Randall Special Crimes Lt. Gary Trupe revealed Monday that a preliminary autopsy results show a man has died of a single gunshot wound to the head.

About 8:15 a.m. Sunday, police responded to the Big Texan Steak Ranch, 7701 E. Interstate 40, where they found the body of a man with a head injury lying near a tractor-trailer in a gravel parking lot behind the business, according to investigators.

A truck driver earlier found the man, another truck driver, dead in the parking lot of an Amarillo restaurant but it was unclear Sunday evening whether the drivers knew each other. Special Crimes responded to the scene and recovered a possible weapon, police said.

Police found Rex Douglas Stephens, 51, of Hickory Flats, Miss., in a parking lot behind the Steak Ranch, 7701 E. Interstate 40. Police said they are conducting tests on a handgun found at the scene to determine if it was used in the incident. Authorities said they are conducting the investigation into the death as if the death was a homicide.

Blood and orange paint on the gravel marked the place where the truck driver’s body was discovered. A white tractor-trailer was parked nearby, its tires surrounded by police markings.

Meanwhile, Big Texan owner Bobby Lee said employees became aware of the incident when they saw police behind the business Sunday morning. The restaurant is world-famous for its 72-ounce steak challenge. Anyone who can eat the steak with all the trimmings in an hour gets it for free.

“There was a bunch of trucks back there,” Lee said. “(Truck drivers) stop there to eat. They stop there to take a nap. They’ve stopped back there for years and years and years.”




Rex Douglas Stephens, 59, of Hickory Flat, died Sunday, March 6, 2011, in Amarillo, Texas.

He was born March 25, 1951, in Ripley to H.G. and Sue Dollar Stephens. He grew up in Blue Mountain and had lived in Hickory Flat for 41 years. Mr. Stephens was a truck driver for 40 years. He loved the Lord and attended Faith Assembly of God in Myrtle. He was a loving husband and good dad and grandfather. His hobbies included motorcycle riding, muscle cars and gun collecting. He never met a stranger.

Services were at 2 p.m. Thursday, march 10, at Faith Assembly of God in Myrtle with Bro. Tom Wiginton and Bro. Roy Bostick officiating. Burial was in the church cemetery. Glenfield Funeral Home of New Albany was in charge of the arrangements.

Survivors his wife of 41 years, Jessi Stephens of Hickory Flat; son, Shane Douglas Stephens of Tupelo; two daughters, Melissa Stephens Ayers of Hickory Flat and Kellye Stephens Parker of Etta; brother, Ricky Dean Stephens of Hickory Flat; two sisters, Dianne Stephens Wayne and Donna Stephens Hart, both of Pass Christian; and six grandchildren, Cade Ayers, Jonas Parker, Addison Parker, Lauren Parker, Grady Stephens and Jacob Stephens.

Pallbearers were Barry Grisham, Michael Wilkinson, Kevin Wayne, Matt Wayne, Max Victory and Charles Tredaway.

Memorials may be made to The Gideons.



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