Charges dismissed against Whitehouse man, Tyler man in connection with shooting death

Daniel Perry (Source: Smith County Judicial records)
Daniel Perry (Source: Smith County Judicial records)

SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) - The state has dismissed a charge against two men who were indicted in connection with the shooting death of another man.

James Hunter Ansley, 26, of Whitehouse, and Daniel Cole Perry, 23, of Tyler, were previously charged with tampering with physical evidence. Court records show the cases were dismissed in Judge Christi Kennedy's court on Monday.

The indictment alleges Ansley and Perry tampered with the gun which was used to kill Andrew Carpenter, 19, of Whitehouse.

Colton Tate, Nathan Garcia, and Martin Reynolds Jr. are each charged with murder in the case.

On Nov.5, The Smith County Sheriff's Office received a call in regards to a shooting in the 8800 block of Deerwood Drive in Smith County.

Deputies responded to the location, along with emergency medical personnel. According to Smith County Sheriff Larry Smith,  Carpenter was found inside the residence with a gunshot wound to the chest.

Witnesses at the location performed CPR on Carpenter until EMS arrived. He was taken to the hospital where he was later pronounced dead.

Deputies secured the scene and were able to locate several witnesses. Detectives and crime scene investigators responded to assist with the investigation.

A motion to dismiss reads as follows:

"Although probable cause existed at the time, the State feels the interest of justice would be best served by a dismissal of this case. The State spoke with the lead investigators in this case and they agree the case should be dismissed."

Reynolds' father, Martin Reynolds Sr., was arrested in March on a charge of tampering with a witness after it was alleged he had made threats to injure several witnesses who are scheduled to testify during his son's trial.

Reynolds Jr. is scheduled for a June 21 court date. Court records have Garcia and Tate scheduled to go to trial on July 16.

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