TYLER COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - Tyler County Sheriff's deputies arrested a 54-year-old Woodville man earlier this week in connection to the shooting death of his wife, Tammy Weatherspoon. When they arrived on the scene, the deputies found him with blood on his hands.
Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford said David Weatherspoon is still being held in the Tyler County Jail on a first-degree felony murder charge. Weatherspoon's bail was set at $500,000.
According to a press release, the Tyler County Sheriff's Office communication center received a 911 cal at approximately 1:30 p.m. Wednesday. The caller said that his son had just shot a neighbor.
"As the 911 operators were speaking with this gentleman, another man got on the phone and identified himself as David Weatherspoon and he told 911 operators that he has just shot his wife," Weatherford said.
TCSO deputies were dispatched to a residence on Road No. 12 in the White-Tail Ridge community, which is located in the Northwest part of the county.
When the deputies arrived at David Weatherspoon's home about 11 minutes later, they found the man with blood on his hands in the front yard. The Sheriff said that David Weatherspoon then directed deputies to the back of his house where they found Tammy Weatherspoon laying in the front seat of a pickup truck.
"At this time we know of course we can't elaborate but he did advise deputies that an altercation did occur," Weatherford said.
He further explained, that Weatherspoon did complied with the deputies' demands however his accounts of what happened before and after the shooting were not consistent.
Investigators from the Tyler County Sheriff's Office and Texas Rangers spent more than 15 hours processing the crime scene. Tyler County Justice of the Peace Judith Haney pronounced Tammy Weatherspoon dead at the scene and ordered an autopsy. In addition, the investigators were present when the autopsy was performed at the Southeast Forensics Center located in Jefferson County.
According to the press release "The preliminary report shows that Tammy Weatherspoon died from a single gunshot wound to the head," the press release stated. "Tyler County Justice of the Peace Trisher Ford issued a arrest warrant for David Weatherspoon."
Weatherspoon was taken into custody Thursday without further incident and taken to the Tyler County Jail.