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Deputies to search inside of murder victim's truck for clues

JASPER COUNTY - By Steve W Stewart/KJAS and Rayburn Broadcasting Company

Jasper County Sheriff’s Department investigators are preparing to search a murder victim’s vehicle for evidence.

The 2011 Chevrolet pickup truck, which belonged to 85-year-old Herbert Wilson Deaton, has arrived back in Jasper after it was found on Monday by Abilene Police on a K-Mart parking lot. A crew from Jasper Xxon Towing & Recovery accompanied Jasper County Investigators Connie Jordan and Cal Morgan to Abilene, where the truck was loaded onto a rollback wrecker for transport.

The vehicle is currently in a locked building with evidence tape sealing the doors. That tape is scheduled to be cut on Thursday, and investigators will comb the interior for clues.

Jordan said the truck had been left on the K-Mart parking lot approximately three weeks ago and, although a distinctive layer of west Texas dust could be seen on the paint and windshield, Jordan said they found evidence that the truck had been washed at least once after it was stolen.

According to Jordan, she and Morgan tried to view store security video, but they learned that the store had no exterior cameras, and the interior cameras recycle their video every 10 days, so it’s not known if the couple went into the store to purchase anything.

Deaton was reported missing on Tuesday, November 11th, and his body was discovered on Friday, November 15th in a wooded area behind his home on County Road 73, in northwest Jasper County.

An autopsy concluded that Deaton died as the result of “homicidal violence”.

Investigators have named two persons of interest in the case; they have been identified as Robert Kelly Mounts, 48, and his girlfriend, Ashley Nicole Lewis, 29. According to Sheriff Mitchel Newman, the couple is considered armed and dangerous, and they are traveling with their 6-month-old baby daughter and are now believed to be in a 2005 silver Volkswagen Passat with Tennessee license plate N1375X.

Former Port Arthur city employee indicted on theft charge
PORT ARTHUR - A former Port Arthur city employee is facing the prospect of a trial following his grand jury indictment on a charge of stealing thousands of dollars.

The grand jury indicted Shauwn Williams, 40, on two counts of felony theft.

According to the indictment, from August 2012 to November of that year, Williams, who worked in the city's housing department, submitted fraudulent lawn care invoices for services he did not provide.

Investigators say the payments amounted to nearly $7,000.

If convicted, Williams faces two to 10 years in prison on each charge and up to a $10,000 fine.

Vehicle belonging to murdered Jasper County man is back in Jasper County
JASPER COUNTY - The vehicle belonging to a Jasper County man who was murdered is back in Jasper County.

Jasper County deputies are combing through Herbert Deaton's truck for evidence, linking the couple accused of killing the 89-year-old.

The truck was found Tuesday in Abilene, and deputies can confirm the couple was inside the vehicle.

Deputies believe the couple is now driving this silver Volkswagon Passat.

The couple has ties to a number of states.

If you have any information about where to find Robert Mounts and his girlfriend Ashley Lewis, you can call the Jasper County's Sheriff's Office or Crimestoppers.

Deaton was reported missing Nov. 11.

Investigators discovered his body a few days later in a wooded area behind his home off Highway 63, west of Jasper.

New information released on Vidor woman who died on a Beaumont road
BEAUMONT - KFDM News has learned new details in a case where a Vidor woman who ended up dead in the roadway after being in a moving vehicle.

According to a preliminary autopsy report, Tammy Carraway had severe wounds to the back of her head, possibly from hitting the curve or pavement when she left the vehicle.

The 39-year-old Vidor woman's body was found Dec. 7 in the 5400 block of South MLK near Florida street in Beaumont.

According to her boyfriend, they were driving when they got into an argument. He says Carraway jumped from the moving vehicle.

Man leads Jefferson County deputies on chase
JEFFERSON COUNTY - Law enforcement officers are trying to determine why a man led them on a chase that lasted about one hour.

Someone called 911 shortly before 9 p.m. Tuesday to report a driver weaving in and out of traffic. Deputies say the driver refused to stop.

Deputies chased Telia Semien on I-10, and he got off on College Street.

Beaumont police used spikes to stop the vehicle in the Amelia area.

They say he threw something out of the car and that it may have been codeine.

A judge has set Semien's bond at $100,000.

BREAKING: U.S. investigation links North Korea to Sony hacking
WASHINGTON (AP) -- by Eric Tucker

A U.S. official says federal investigators have now connected the Sony Pictures Entertainment Inc. hacking to North Korea and are expected to make an announcement in the near future.

The official spoke on condition of anonymity because the official was not authorized to openly discuss an ongoing criminal case.

Until Wednesday, the Obama administration had been saying it was not immediately clear who might have been responsible for the computer break-in. North Korea has publicly denied it was involved.

The unidentified hackers had demanded that Sony cancel its upcoming release of the movie "The Interview," a comedy that included a gruesome scene depicting the assassination of North Korea's leader.

Sony on Wednesday canceled the Dec. 25 release after the hackers had released sensitive corporate files stolen in the break-in.

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