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ETX man charged in grandmother's murder, motive unknown

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An East Texas man has been charged with the shooting death of his 78-year-old grandmother.

Thirty-three-year-old Brandon Couch, of Point, was taken into custody last night and booked into the Rains County Jail. According to judicial records, Couch has a history of committing violent crimes.

A six-hour man hunt lead to Couch being arrested in the woods off of FM 2737. That's nearly three miles from the victim's home, which she shared with the suspect.

Hunkered down in a creek bed, Couch finally surrendered. He was just feet from a Point resident's home. Authorities say a weapon, believed to be the murder weapon, was left on the ground in the creek.

"I was stationed 20 yards down the road here and we just followed the spotlight when they said they had a visual on him, and we stayed back out of the way while DPS and the SRT team went and apprehended the subject," says Rains County Deputy Jordan Aly. Aly was the arriving officer at the original crime scene.

Seven hours earlier, Couch's father found the victim, 78-year-old Mattie Couch, dead in her home. She was his mother and the suspect's grandmother.

"The suspect was seen approximately a mile back behind the house... in the tree line. He entered the tree line and we never did see him again," says Rains County Chief Deputy Brad Strawn.

Residents of Point say their tight-knit community is still in disbelief.

"She was just a sweet lady. When we found out yesterday, we couldn't believe how sweet and how kind [of a person] would have something like that happen to them," says Buk Aucoin.

Aucoin says Mattie was a frequent customer at Hooten's Hardware in Emory.
Not long ago, she was in the store, making some purchases to fix up her home

"It's shocking, but it draws a lot of people together and we get a chance to use our faith and our faith comes out strong when something like this happens," says Aucoin.

Authorities say they have no concrete motive for why Mattie's life was taken.

"We have some theories behind it but again, it's still under investigation," says Chief Deputy Strawn.

Authorities say law enforcement agencies from multiple counties, as well as alert residents helped them safely take Couch into custody.

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