A 21 year old Texas College football player, Carlton Champion Jr. met his 24 year old girlfriend and fell quickly in love with her. His new girlfriend was Tyrone Lee underwood who went by the name Tyra. The couple had been chatting for several weeks on a dating mobile app and quickly fell in love but hadn’t met each other face to face.
Tyra had a feeling that Champion was cheating on her and decided to end the relationship by text. Because Champion was so in love with Tyra, he sent a text to her apologizing saying he would make it up to her.
Champion was seen on surveillance camera leaving his College dorm at about 2 am.
Tyler Police were called by neighbours who said they heard multiple gun shots in the area and a suspicious vehicle. When Police got there, they found a Toyota Camry off road and a dead black male behind the wheel who had been shot.
Police interviewed Underwood’s friends and checked her computer and found out that the last person she chatted with was Champion.
In their investigation, police interviewed Champion’s father, Carlton Champion Sr., who “stated that he heard Carlton Jr. was meeting the victim and thought the victim was a female.”
Officer Nathan Elliott wrote in the arrest affidavit. “According to Champion Sr., Carlton Jr. was supposed to get some type of sexual favor from the victim but realized the victim was a male.”
He was promptly arrested on Thursday and charged with murder.
The campus surveillance video also showed Champion returning to his college dorm just 15 mins after he had initially left, wearing a black leather jacket. The jacket was tested and it came out positive for blood.
He is being held at Smith County jail and his bail has been set for $1million.
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