Witnesses take stand during sentencing for man found guilty of 2019 shooting death of father

Tony Chase
Tony Chase((Source: Smith County Judicial Records))
Published: Jun. 15, 2022 at 11:22 AM CDT|Updated: Jun. 15, 2022 at 4:42 PM CDT
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TYLER, Texas (KLTV) - A Tyler man has been found guilty by a jury of shooting and killing his father back in 2019.

The state claims Chase shot his father out of anger and over marijuana and should be found guilty. The defense claimed it was self-defense.

The incident happened back in January 2019 on County Road 129 in Whitehouse. Law enforcement responded to a call from Chase that he had shot his father. Edward Rolando Blaylock, and believed him to be deceased. Deputies entered the home and found Blaylock dead with gunshot wounds.

The sentencing for Tony Chase began at 1:45 p.m.

3:55 p.m. update - Stephanie Walsh was in relationship with Chase.

She talks about how Chase liked two of her kids but not her daughter Eva.

Stephanie said Chase threatened to kill her (the witness, not the child) at one point. Claims he shoved her against wall and threw her on the ground when she threatened to call his grandmother. Grandmother then took her to the East Texas Crisis Center and she stayed there for six months.

She said abuse became more frequent after she got back with Chase. She claims he abused Eva at 9 months old; she said Eva was was in her crib crying and she walked in to see him hitting her in the face because she was crying.

She claims he became controlling and paranoid.

Thad Davidson questions her.

She says Chase threatened to kill himself, and that he is bipolar and his moods would go up and down. Agrees with Davidson that Chase would portray delusional behavior.

Davidson asks how she came to that conclusion re: bipolar disorder. She said it was the diagnosis of the mental hospital he was at and that he was prescribed meds but never took them.

Davidson calls their relationship dysfunctional. Walsh agrees.

She agrees he became increasingly paranoid, accusing her of cheating on him.

Davidson questions why she stayed with him despite having “a hundred reasons to leave him.” She says she did not call 911 or file a report of sexual assault against him, and did not go to the police when he violently assaulted her. She says she came to Texas with him because she thought things were going to be different.

She said she was afraid to call police.

Passed to state.

Passed back to defense.

Why did she allow him back into her life? Asked him to come back despite the past.

State rests

Next, the defense calls Tallulah Walker

4:30 update: Walker says Chase started a relationship with Stephanie when he was 21 and she was 16, despite him going to jail for it. She says she never saw him being emotionally abusive to her, but saw signs of physical abuse on Stephanie one time; a bruise on her face, Stephanie says Tony hit her. Says she never saw a bruise on Stephanie after that. Claims Stephanie was not being honest in subsequent claims of abuse.

Walker says she was around them several days a week and never saw signs of abuse other than the one time. Says Stephanie had multiple opportunities to ask for help to get out of that relationship if things were as bad as she claims. Says Tony wanted to move to Texas to be close to his father and have a relationship with him.

4:40 p.m. update: State questions Walker.

State asks if Walker is aware of Chase being violent toward Stephanie in Texas. Walker maintains that she was only aware of violence one time.

Walker acknowledges that it was her mother who took Stephanie to a crisis center but says her mother told her it was not because Stephanie had been abused.

State and defense both rest.

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