Convicted Fort Wayne murderer who allegedly jumped parole is back in custody

Clifton Craig, convicted in a 1975 murder and who allegedly stopped checking in with parole officers after he was granted release from prison, is back in custody. (Photo by the Indiana Department of Correction's parole office)

A parolee convicted in the 1975 murder of a Fort Wayne woman during a burglary and who allegedly stopped contact with authorities in November is back in custody.

Clifton Craig was arrested Thursday evening by members of the Fort Wayne Parole Field Team on a parole violation warrant at a home in the 400 block of Fairwick Lane in Fort Wayne, according to a news release from the Indiana Department of Correction’s parole office.

Correctional Police Officer Christopher Broderick and Parole Officer Branden Shaw searched for Craig after he allegedly absconded from parole supervision in November.

Craig was granted parole in 2013 after his ninth review by the Indiana Parole Board, according to the release. He was serving a life sentence imposed in Allen Circuit Court in 1976 for the November 1975 shooting death of 76-year-old Rose Helen DeWood during a burglary. Craig attacked DeWood in her home in the 1100 block of Clay Street, where he shot and beat her with a .22-caliber rifle, according to News-Sentinel records.

Craig is currently being held in Allen County Confinement Facility pending a preliminary parole violation hearing.