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Affidavit reveals robbery as likely motive in fatal stabbing

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John Grimes IV (Source: Smith County Jail) John Grimes IV (Source: Smith County Jail)
Victim: Tony Jeter, 65. (Family Photo) Victim: Tony Jeter, 65. (Family Photo)
Court documents have revealed robbery as the likely motive in a deadly stabbing in Tyler.

Tony Jeter, 65, was found dead in his home late Saturday night. John Grimes IV, 25, was arrested by Tyler Police on Sunday and charged with capital murder. 

Jeter's brother was delivering dinner to his home when he discovered his brother dead. 

According to an arrest warrant affidavit, Grimes borrowed a bus passenger's cell phone at the bus station in Downtown Tyler. He reportedly told the passenger and a person on the borrowed phone that two men tried to rape him and he stabbed one of them in the back of the neck.

Police said Grimes told them he and Jeter were inside the home on Bow Street and Jeter refused to let Grimes leave when he refused to engage in homosexual relations. Detectives said in the affidavit Grimes believed Jeter had a gun, but never saw one.

Grimes told police he was scared for his life and when Jeter looked outside his door, Grimes pulled his "Bob Marley" pocket knife and stabbed Jeter in the back of the neck. The documents said Grimes stayed there until he knew Jeter was dead.

Police said Grimes took Jeter's wallet and hid it inside a cinder block wall on Spring Street. 

Detectives said due to Grimes' differing statements and admitting to taking the victim's wallet they believe he committed capital murder.

Grimes has faced prior charges of assault and possession of a controlled substance, according to Smith County Jail records. 

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