Police arrest Nacogdoches woman in connection to murder

Melinda Long-Smith mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.
Melinda Long-Smith mug shot courtesy of Nacogdoches County Jail.

BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Nacogdoches Police have arrested a third person, a Nacogdoches woman, in connection to the murder of a Nacogdoches man Monday night.

Melinda Long-Smith, 22, is charged with tampering with evidence and hindering apprehension.

Police accuse Long-Smith of assisting Nathan Welsh, 22, in evading officers who were attempting to arrest him for murder. Police believe Long-Smith assisted Welsh by providing him with a fresh change of clothes and hiding the clothing they believe he was wearing at the time of the crime.

Police spokesman Sgt. Greg Sowell said it appears Welsh and Long-Smith were not involved romantically and just acquaintances.

Bond has been set at $507,500 Welsh.

Police arrested Welsh, listed as homeless, Wednesday morning on Park Street at Crisp Road shortly before 9:30 Wednesday morning. He is accused, along with Milton Brown, 18, also listed as homeless, in the stabbing death of Thomas Wayne Grimes, 49.

Welsh is also charged with an unrelated theft charge, which police say occurred on Oct. 1.

According to an arrest affidavit, Welsh's child's mother agreed to give him $80. When Welsh met her in the 2800 block of North Street, she began counting out the money to him. Welsh then grabbed the entire amount of money, which was $400, and fled on foot to Banita Street, according to the affidavit.

Police say Welsh was seen with Brown and they began to dig a hole in the ground.

Police found a cell phone, believed to belong to Brown, along with marijuana in the ground under a rock, the affidavit states.

The warrant for theft was obtained on Oct. 5, the same day of the murder warrant.

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