Clarence Jordan was sentenced to death by the State of Texas for the murder of a man during a robbery. According to court documents Clarence Jordan would rob a food market and would shoot and kill a clerk during the robbery. Clarence Jordan would be arrested, convicted and sentenced to death
Clarence Jordan 2022 Information
SID Number: 01830291
TDCJ Number: 00000609
Name: JORDAN,CLARENCE CURTIS
Maximum Sentence Date: DEATH ROW
Current Facility: ESTELLE
Projected Release Date: DEATH ROW
Parole Eligibility Date: DEATH ROW
Inmate Visitation Eligible: YES
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The testimony of George Harden reflected that on October 14, 1977 he was the manager of a Rice Food Market located at 8610 South Park, Houston. Clarence Jordan entered his office at the store on that date and after asking for a job application drew a pistol from his shirt and put the gun “between my eyes.” In response to appellant’s request, Harden gave appellant his car keys but told him that his car was in the shop. Clarence Jordan then told Harden to get up, “come to the front and give him the money.” An employee, Joe Williams, entered the office and appellant pushed Williams into Harden. Appellant asked Williams to “sit down, get up, sit down, get up.” After Williams stated he did not own a car after appellant had demanded his keys, appellant shot Williams in the right part of his chest. Appellant then directed Harden to go to the front and get him the money. En route to the front of the store another employee, Johnny Taylor, was encountered. Clarence Jordan put the gun behind his ear and ordered him to go to the front with Harden. Upon approaching the “courtesy booth” where the money was kept, Harden told the employee in the booth, Geraldine James, to give appellant the money. As appellant would receive bundles of bills from the booth he would order Harden to place them in a sack for him. Clarence Jordan told Harden that he was going with him, but when appellant took off running, Harden managed to get behind a drink machine. During the time the money was being passed out of the booth to appellant, “he was standing there waving the gun” and telling the people in the store “to all go to the back of the store and not come back.”
Ike Warner testified that he and Laura Frank were en route to an Eckerd’s Drug Store in his car in the same shopping center in which the Rice Food Market in question was located on October 14, 1977. A man identified as appellant jumped in the car with a gun in his hand and directed Warner to drive away. Appellant directed Warner as to where to go by telling him “to turn here, turn there.” Appellant was carrying a money sack. After driving “five or ten minutes” appellant directed Warner to stop, appellant got out and told Warner “to take off and don’t look back.”
A number of employees identified appellant as the person who was the robber at the store.
Chief Medical Examiner Joseph Jachimczyk testified that Williams, a forty-year-old black male, died as a result of a .38 caliber gunshot wound to the chest.
Appellant did not offer any evidence at the guilt stage of the trial.