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New details about husband charged with shooting and murdering wife; bond set at $500,000
TYLER COUNTY - A man called 911 and reported shooting his wife, and when deputies arrived they found her body lying in a pickup truck, according to information Sheriff Bryan Weatherford is releasing to KFDM News for a story we first told you about Thursday.
Watch Haley Bull's report at 6 for reaction to the shooting and additional information about the investigation.
The sheriff says at about 1:30 p.m. April 30, the Tyler County Sheriff's Office Communications Center received a 911 call from a man reporting that his son had just shot a neighbor. Deputies were sent to a home off Road 12 in the White-Tail Ridge community in the northwest part of the county. 911 operators continued to receive information when another man who identified himself as David Weatherspoon told dispatcher he'd just shot his wife.
Deputies arrived at the scene 11 minutes later and saw Weatherspoon in the front yard of the home. His hands were bloody. The sheriff says Weatherspoon followed their commands. They were directed to the rear of the home where Tammy Weatherspoon's body was found lying in the front seat of a pickup truck.
Tyler County Justice of the Peace Judith Haney ordered an autopsy through the Southeast Texas Forensic Center in Jefferson County.
David Weatherspoon's accounts of what happened before and after the shooting weren't consistent with the crime scene, according to Sheriff Weatherford.
Investigators from the Tyler County Sheriff's Office and the Texas Rangers spent more than 15 hours processing the crime scene. They were present Thursday morning during the autopsy. The preliminary autopsy report shows Tammy Weatherspoon died from a single gunshot wound to the head.
Tyler County Justice of the Peace Trisher Ford issued an arrest warrant for David Weatherspoon and deputies took him into custody on a murder charge. Judge Ford set bond at $500,000.