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KFDM Uncovers new information in Tyler County murder
TYLER COUNTY- by Haley Bull
Tyler County Sheriff's deputies are investigating the circumstances surrounding a murder that left a wife dead and her estranged husband jailed.
David Weatherspoon, 54, is charged with his wife's murder and behind bars in the Tyler County Jail on a $500,000 bond.
Investigators said Wednesday afternoon, they found Tammy Weatherspoon's body with a single gunshot wound to her head in a pick-up truck in the backyard of her father-in-law's house.
Friday, there's little evidence visible of the crime scene off Private Road 6122 in the northwest corner of Tyler County.
"Amazed me, I couldn't believe something like this had happened," the suspect's father, Roger Weatherspoon said. Wednesday, his daughter-in-law was died. His son walked inside the home, and told him what happened.
"I was sitting in the living room and he came in and told me, he was bloody I didn't know what had happened and he told me to take the baby and go somewhere, the baby don't need to see this. I said what happened. He said well I think I just killed Tammy," Roger Weatherspoon said.
Investigators said Roger Weatherspoon called 911 and told them his son had shot a neighbor. Then the son called.
"Weatherspoon advised 911 operators that he had just shot his wife," Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford said. "When officers arrived on scene he was outside with his hands in the air with blood on his clothing as well as his hands."
Deputies said they found the body of David Weatherspoon's estranged wife Tammy with a single gunshot wound to her head. She was in the driver's seat of a pick-up truck in the backyard of the house.
According to a probable cause affidavit KFDM News obtained, Weatherspoon told deputies he and his wife were arguing when she tried to grab a pistol back from him. Weatherspoon said the gun discharged and struck his wife in the head.
"The evidence just wasn't matching up with his story," Sheriff Bryan Weatherford said.
According to the documents, deputies found obscene text messages sent from David Weatherspoon's cell phone that read in part, "Im gona wind up ending her miserable xistance," and "She best stay away Ive got 0 to lose."
"From the very beginning his story has not been consistent and also there's no consistency with the crime scenes that we have," Sheriff Bryan Weatherford said.
Investigators said when they interviewed Weatherspoon at the sheriff's office, he gave them his version of how the argument began. Weatherspoon said it involved a gun he saw on the dashboard of a pick-up truck his wife was in on Private Road 6124. He claims the argument ended when his wife tried to get the gun from him and it went off, striking her. Weatherspoon said he drove the truck to his father's home.
"Intentionally no he didn't shoot her, intentionally no," Roger Weatherspoon said.
"There's no evidence of any type of self defense whatsoever," Weatherford said.
Conflicting beliefs left to the legal system to resolve in the murder case against David Weatherspoon.
Investigators said they may file more charges against the suspect. If convicted, Weatherspoon could face up to life in prison.