Selma man indicted for murder of Clanton Walmart employee in 2005

Published 4:04 pm Thursday, February 23, 2012

A Selma man has been indicted for the 2005 rape and murder of Patricia Gayle Lasserre, an employee at Clanton Walmart at the time of her death.

Clifford Wynn, 48, has been indicted by an Autauga County grand jury for the crimes, according to a release from the office of District Attorney Randall Houston.

“When it was a ‘no bill’ last time, we asked the (Autauga County) sheriff’s office and the (Alabama Bureau of Investigation) to continue their investigation, and they did,” Houston said. “We feel like we have enough now to warrant an indictment.”

Houston declined to talk about what new evidence may have emerged.

“No bill” means that a grand jury found evidence insufficient to warrant a formal charge.

Wynn was arrested in December 2008 for the crime but was released in August 2009.

Lasserre, 53 at the time of her death, was last seen leaving Clanton Walmart at 8:21 p.m. on Dec. 18, 2005. She was traveling Autauga County Road 1 and was seven miles from her home at the time of her murder.

Her body was discovered on Dec. 20, 2005, about 50 feet from the road and about 1 mile from her home.

Wynn is set for arraignment before a circuit court judge March 9 at the Autauga County Courthouse. He is being held at the Autauga Metro Jail on $350,000 bond for the charges.

At the time the indictment was issued, Wynn was being held on unrelated charges of burglary, theft and sodomy.