Midland College professor charged with murder after road rage argument; Family member disputes calling it "road rage"

William Cliff Goble, 60. (Mugshot: Ector County Jail)
William Cliff Goble, 60. (Mugshot: Ector County Jail)(KOSA)
Published: Dec. 3, 2019 at 10:46 AM CST
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Odessa police arrested a Midland College professor following a

on Friday.

William "Cliff" Goble is charged with first degree murder and is being held in the Ector County jail on a $250,000 bond.

The 60-year-old teaches Health Sciences courses for Midland College and previously worked at Midland Memorial Hospital.

Investigators say he shot and killed David Young during a traffic argument. It happened in the 1400 block of Spur Avenue in Odessa.

A member of the Young family tells CBS7 the shooting wasn't road rage however. They say Goble and Young were neighbors, and Goble was upset that Young's son was riding a motorcycle around the neighborhood. At one point, they say, Goble started following the son, and even flashed a gun at him. Later, Young came outside to find out why Goble was so upset about the motorcycle and that's when Goble shot him.

Goble has been arrested two times before for public intoxication, according to the Ector County Jail website.

Midland College tells CBS7 that Goble is on paid administrative leave pending the investigation.

He's the department chair in health sciences at MC and was an associate professor for Midland ISD’s Health Sciences Academy.

A GoFundMe site has been set up for David Young. His wife wrote the following on the page.

"To all of my family, friends, peoples whose lives we’ve crossed through my teaching career, thank you for your prayers and your support. The love of my life is taken senselessly.

It means so much to me to have the prayers and the support that has been given. I just want to thank everyone with my whole heart. As many as you know, my husband was murdered senselessly on November 29, the day after Thanksgiving.

I can’t let myself believe that he’s gone and neither can our family and friends. I would do anything to trade places with him. Right now I am completely lost.

David had so many friends I never even met. He was always willing to take time out of his own day to teach, help, and make someone feel so special and loved.

He was a people person and he was loved by so many. I lost my heart, my love, my everything. Many of you know of my chronic illnesses, I don’t know how to go on without David. He kept me going. My kids, his momma, sisters, all family & friends... are all hurting.

I am grateful for all of the offers of help, right now there’s not much to be done. We don’t know when the funeral will be but it will be located at Sunset Memorial. All I ask is for prayers for myself and our family. In lieu of flowers, we would appreciate any donations. Thank you all very much for you prayers and words of compassion!