Arrest affidavit: Bullard man struck murder victim with tire knocker after argument

Updated: Jul. 10, 2018 at 2:41 PM CDT
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BULLARD, TX (KLTV) - Arrest documents allege a Bullard man told police his son killed a Tyler woman.

The man, Charles Edward Lennon Jr., 56, and his son, Charles Edward Lennon III, 29, are each charged with capital murder in the death of Rachel Lynn Jackson, 31.

The arrest affidavit, made public on Tuesday, states Lennon Jr. called police on July 5 and asked for an officer to come to his house. The affidavit states Lennon Jr. told the officer he found a dead person in a trash can on his property and he believes his son, Lennon III, did it.

Police then went to the property, located in the 300 block of Timberline Drive, and contacted Lennon Jr. Lennon Jr. said a body was in a large blue trash can on the property, according to the affidavit. Police confirmed a body was in the trash can and then set up a crime scene perimeter.

Lennon Jr. then told police he believed his son was located at the son's home in the 400 block of Brentwood Drive. Officers had an outstanding warrant for Lennon III arrest so they went to the home to arrest him and found him in a concealed location under the floor of the mobile home.

Also inside the trash can was a black plastic trash bag with bloody clothing, bloody rags and a wooden bat, along with Jackson's purse, wallet and clothes.

Police took four suspects to the sheriff's office for interviews and Lennon Jr. said his son contacted him on July 2 and told him to pick up Jackson in Jacksonville for a ride. Lennon Jr. picked Jackson up and took her to his son's house and then left to go eat, according to the affidavit.

According to the affidavit, Lennon III called his father and said he had a mess at the house involving Jackson and told his father not to let anyone else into the house when he arrived.

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Lennon Jr. said he came to the house and saw Jackson lying in a blanket dead on the back porch. He said he then watched his son put Jackson into the trash can and move the can away from the home. Lennon Jr. said that within the next day or two, he took out a trash bag and put it into the trash can in an attempt to conceal Jackson's body, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit states detectives next interviewed Lennon III. Lennon III said he was with Jackson at the home and they began arguing about his burglary warrants, according to the affidavit. The affidavit states Jackson said she was contacted about speaking with law enforcement and Lennon III knew about it. He said during the argument Jackson slapped him and then he hit her with a wooden object known as a "tire knocker."

Lennon III said Jackson fell next to the recliner and was bleeding from the head. That was when he called his father.

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