Police: Suspect in Longview double homicide didn't injure third person
Isaiah Roberts (Source: Smith County Jail)
LONGVIEW, TX (KLTV) -
The Tyler man suspected of a double homicide in Longview on Sunday will not face charges related to a third person injured during the shooting.
Isaiah Christopher Roberts, 36, is suspected of shooting and killing Chanda Martin, 38, and Kimberly Rayson, 35, at a home in the 300 block of Thelma Street. Police originally believe that Roberts injured a third person during the shooting. During their investigation, though, Longview police determined the third person was injured after breaking glass when they dove through a window attempting to escape the suspect. The victim was transported to a local hospital
After the shootings police say Roberts fled, leading authorities on a high speed chase. Roberts headed south on Highway 271 entering Smith County and Tyler city limits. He was traveling around 100 mph. Police say officers attempted to deploy spike strips in two different areas, but were unable to stop Roberts.
Witnesses reported seeing the black Dodge pick-up speeding westbound, down Highway 80, traveling around 100 mph, with multiple law enforcement agencies close behind.
One wreck did occur on that route, but police say it had already happened and was not a result of the chase.
Roberts is being held in the Smith County Jail on five counts of accident involving serious bodily injury and murder. Police will ask that those five accident counts be dropped after authorities determined the wreck wasn't related to the chase.