New details in murder of mentally disabled, elderly Tyler man

Published: Dec. 2, 2013 at 9:29 PM CST|Updated: Jan. 31, 2014 at 9:53 PM CST
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TYLER, TX (KLTV) - New details were released Monday regarding the murder of an elderly Tyler man in his home late Saturday night.

The victim, 65-year-old Tony Jeter, was found dead in his apartment by his half-brother, Charles Sanchez, just after 11 p.m. Saturday.

Sanchez said he was on his way to bring his brother dinner, but when he arrived, he found the front door wide open. Once inside, he said he found his brother on the floor with three stab wounds to the neck.

Police charged 25-year-old John Grimes IV of Tyler with capital murder on Sunday. Investigators believe Grimes first robbed Jeter then killed him before fleeing the scene.

Authorities have confirmed Grimes later went to the Greyhound bus terminal in Tyler, where he asked to borrow someone's phone to make a call. That person said they overheard Grimes admit involvement in the crime and then alerted authorities. After further investigation of the call, police were able to locate Grimes at his home in Tyler and then brought him in for questioning.

Investigators do not believe Grimes or Jeter knew each other, nor have they released a motive for the crime.

Grimes remains in the Smith County Jail Monday on $1 million bond.

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