Police: Longview man charged for murder of Ty Underwood

Published: Feb. 9, 2015 at 3:34 PM CST|Updated: Feb. 9, 2015 at 3:47 PM CST
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Ty Underwood (Source: Tyler Police Department)
Ty Underwood (Source: Tyler Police Department)

TYLER, TX (KLTV) - Tyler police served an arrest warrant for the murder of 24-year-old Tyrone Lee Underwood, a Tyler resident.

On Monday, Carlton Ray Champion, Jr., 21, of Longview was charged with Underwood's murder. Champion was arrested on Jan. 29 by Tyler police on a probation violation. He was taken to the Gregg County Jail where he was being held without bond. Tyler police investigators informed the Gregg County Sheriff's Office that Champion was wanted on first degree murder charges and a warrant was signed and $1 million bond placed.

Investigators learned that Champion and Underwood were in a brief relationship prior to the murder. Electronic and video evidence was located that supported that Champion was meeting Underwood on the date and time of when the murder took place.

On Jan. 26, Tyler police were dispatched to a traffic accident in the 400 block of W. 24th Street in Tyler. When they arrived, they found a vehicle and crashed into a telephone pole. Underwood, the driver of the vehicle, had been shot and was pronounced dead at the scene.

Champion remains in the Gregg County Jail.

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