Catfish Gone Wrong: Texas Transgender Woman Murdered By College Football Player
A Longview man has been arrested for the murder of Tyrone Underwood. Carlton Ray Champion Jr. was arrested Jan. 29 for a probation violation, but was the prime suspect at the onset of the investigation, according to the official affidavit. On Jan. 26, officers found Underwood, 24, of Tyler, dead in his vehicle from multiple gunshot wounds in the 400 block of West 24th Street. Early interviews with people who knew Underwood revealed the two men had been seeing each other for several weeks.
During an early police interview, Champion told police he had not spoken with or seen Underwood since 11 p.m. on Jan. 25. The police located cell phone messages between Champion and Underwood the night of the murder that indicated the men wanted to meet after midnight. There was an argument between the two men that ended with Underwood telling Champion he did not want to continue the relationship. Around 2 a.m., the two decided the location of the meeting.
The detectives said they interviewed Champion, who confirmed that he had been communicating via a service called “Kik” with Underwood, who was going by “Tyra” on the service. One of the detectives interviewed Champion’s father and wrote “[Champion’s father] stated that Carlton Jr. was meeting [Underwood] and thought [Underwood] was female. According to [Champion’s father], Carlton Jr. was supposed to get some type of sexual favor from [Underwood] but realized [Underwood] was a male.”
Champion, who police say was attending Texas College, remains in Gregg County jail and faces first-degree murder charges in Smith County. Judge Christi Kennedy signed the arrest warrant and placed a $1 million bond on him.
Credit Source: TylerNewsPaper