POLK COUNTY, TX (KTRE) - The Alabama-Coushatta tribe has released the name of a man accused in connection to the death of a Livingston man.
According to San Jacinto County jail records, Matthew Battise is charged with aggravated assault. He is being held without bond.
According to a tribe press release, their police department was dispatched to a home on the reservation on the morning of April 17 and began a homicide investigation in the death of Spencer Sadler, 28, of Livingston.
The police called in the FBI to assist in the investigation.
"This tragic incident has devastated the Tribe, the community, and especially the family that Mr. Sadler has left behind including his young daughter. Our thoughts and prayers continue to go out to the family," said Tribal Council Chairperson Jo Ann Battise (no relation to the suspect.) "We want everyone to be assured that the Tribe is fully cooperating with law enforcement officials to ensure that due process and justice is served."
According to the press release, the tribe has been in contact with the Polk County District Attorney's office and the US Attorney's Office to determine who will prosecute the crime.
Despite releasing a statement on the homicide on Monday, the tribe refused to release names involved until Thursday. Tribe spokesman Carlos Bullock said he could not because the FBI was involved. However, an FBI spokesperson said they were only assisting in the crime and Bullock was at liberty to release more information.
KTRE has pending open records request with Tribal Judge Dana Williams for an arrest affidavit to get more details on the circumstances.