Tyler man arraigned on capital murder charge in death of two women

Tyler man arraigned on capital murder charge in death of two women
Isaiah Christopher Roberts (Source: Gregg County Jail)
Isaiah Christopher Roberts (Source: Gregg County Jail)
Roberts in court. (Source: KLTV News staff)
Roberts in court. (Source: KLTV News staff)
Roberts in court. (Source: KLTV News staff)
Roberts in court. (Source: KLTV News staff)

GREGG COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The Tyler man suspected of a double murder in Longview on Sunday has been arraigned on capital murder charges. He is being held on a $2 million bond.

Isaiah Christopher Roberts, 36,

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.

According to arrest affidavits, Roberts made a threatening phone call to a man living at the home, and when he arrived allegedly shot Martin through the head and heart, and shot Rayson through the head.

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.

"We know he was the suspect in the shooting that occurred on Thelma street over the weekend. A warrant was issued for him yesterday , we went over and picked him up and brought him back here," says Longview police officer Debra Stiles.

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 "officers saw the suspect's vehicle leaving the scene, so officers started the initial pursuit and they stuck with it to the very end, until he was taken into custody," Stiles says.

Thursday in court, Roberts appeared calm.

"I believe I already have a lawyer," Roberts told Brabham.

"Who is your lawyer?" Brabham said.

"Can't think of his name. I just talked to him," Roberts said.

"You've hired a lawyer to represent you in this case since you've been in custody?" Brabham said in a surprised tone.

After a recess, it was determined Roberts had not retained counsel.

The family of Chanda Martin and Kim Rayson will hold an anti-violence unity rally tonight at Teague park in Longview from 7-pm to 8:30 pm.

Roberts was transferred to Gregg County from the Smith County Jail . He is being held on murder charges. No bond has been set at this time.

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