Police say woman found dead in Bullard 'longtime friend' of suspects

Published: Jul. 6, 2018 at 12:29 PM CDT|Updated: Jul. 6, 2018 at 10:58 PM CDT
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BULLARD, TX (KLTV) - Bullard police have identified two men charged in connection with a murder case. A death inquest identifies the victim as a 31-year-old Tyler woman.

Charles Lennon III is charged with capital murder and possession of controlled substance and Charles Lennon Jr. is charged with capital murder and tampering with evidence, according to the Bullard Police Department.

A justice of the peace inquest states the woman's name as Rachel Lynn Jackson, 31, of Tyler. Police say she was a longtime family friend of the suspects.

The inquest states Jackson was found in a trash receptacle.

About 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Bullard officers responded to the 300 block of Timberline Drive after receiving a report of a body found on the property.

When they arrived, they began a homicide investigation.

While they were investigating, the department says officers learned that Lennon III, 29, had an active felony warrant out of Smith County Sheriff's Office. He was located at 400 Brentwood in Bullard.

Officers secured both locations and took him into custody on the warrant for burglary.

According to BPD, officers also determined Charles Lennon III was a person of interest in the homicide. The Smith County Sheriff's Office Crime Scene Unit was called to the residence at Timberline to conduct an investigation. During that time, three men were taken into custody - including Lennon Jr., 55 - who were considered a person of interest.

Investigators obtained search warrants for both properties, processed the scene and collected evidence. A justice of the peace was called to the scene to pronounce the victim dead.

The body was then transported to a forensic crime lab. The four people taken into custody were then transported to the Smith County Sheriff's Office for questioning by Bullard police.

Two people were released from custody and cleared. Police later executed warrants charging Lennon III and Lennon Jr. with the death of the unidentified woman found at Timberline Drive.

Both have been booked into the Smith County Jail.

They are each being held on bonds of $2 million for the capital murder charges.

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