Clewiston man arrested in homicide 


Rodney Cotton

A Clewiston man was arrested and charged with second degree murder today after an investigation led by Sheriff’s Office Investigators, the Hendry County Sheriff’s Office reports.

Rodney Cotton, 46, was arrested and charged with murder in the second degree after allegedly confessing to sheriff’s office investigators.

The Hendry County Sheriff’s Office reported that on Monday, Oct. 12, deputies received a report of a possible homicide at 902 North Gratton Road in Clewiston.

Deputies reportedly went to the home to check on a resident, Donald William Mulligan.

When they arrived they were unable to make contact with him. Based on the preliminary investigation and information received from the reporter of the incident, Hendry County Investigators were notified and responded.

Hendry County Investigators reportedly obtained a search warrant for the home and during the service of the search warrant, victim Donald W. Mulligan was found deceased.

Hendry County Crime Scene and FDLE Crime Scene Technicians processed the scene.

It is reported that Hendry County Investigators then interviewed Rodney Cotton, 46, who lived in the home and whom investigators allegedly named as a suspect in the homicide investigation.

At the time of the interview, Cotton was reportedly being held in the Hendry County Jail from an arrest made on Sunday, Oct. 11 on charges of Driving While License Suspended and Possession of Controlled Substance without a Prescription.

It is reported that Cotton is now charged with Second Degree Murder based on his alleged confession and is being held in the Hendry County Jail without bond.

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