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Two East Texans arrested for strangling man with shoelaces

Brian Tucker and Sarilu Mettlin. Photo Source: Hopkins County Jail. Brian Tucker and Sarilu Mettlin. Photo Source: Hopkins County Jail.

SULPHUR SPRINGS, TX (KLTV) – Two East Texans have been accused of strangling a man to death with shoelaces.

Hopkin's County Sheriff's Officials say 63-year-old Bobby Riley was found dead Friday in his garage near Sulphur Springs. Investigators say he had been dead for four days.

Tuesday, 43-year-old Brian Tucker was arrested and charged with capital murder. Sarilu Mettlen, who originally had been charged with theft, has now been charged with capital murder as well.

District Attorney Martin Braddy confirmed that new evidence was uncovered that led to the capital murder charge for Mettlen.

Authorities say that the murder resulted in a robbery, with Tucker eventually walking away with just over fifty dollars. Tucker and Mettlen murdered Bobby Riley in his garage after he refused to loan him money.

District Attorney Martin Braddy says Tucker stole guns and musical instruments from Riley's home and headed straight to a pawn shop one-hundred miles away in Texarkana.

Friends of Riley say he had just met Tucker three weeks earlier at a band hang out in Riley's garage. Enola Mathews, a country music DJ and a good friend of Riley, says he was a well-known musician throughout the community.

Tucker was caught on surveillance video pawning Riley's guitar, amplifier and mixer.

Brian Tucker's bond has been set at $1 million for capital murder, $25,000 for theft of property and a new charge of violation of parole was added to the charges. No bond has been set for that charge yet.

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