Grand jury indicts murder suspect accused of burying body, hiding gun

Grand jury indicts murder suspect accused of burying body, hiding gun
Brandi Wright (Source: Facebook)
Brandi Wright (Source: Facebook)

CENTER, TX (KTRE) - A Shelby County grand jury has indicted the man accused in the murder of Brandi Wright on two felony tampering with evidence charges in connection to allegations that he buried her body and hid a .357-caliber revolver that is considered evidence in the case.

Charles Dearing Jr. is currently being held in the Shelby County Jail on a first-degree murder charge and a second-degree felony possession of marijuana charge. With the indictments, he now has two third-degree felony tampering with or fabricating physical evidence charges.

Collectively, his bond amount has been set at $2.88 million for the charges.

The text of one of the indictments states that Dearing tried to hinder the investigation by burying Wright's body. The other indictment states that Dearing hid a .357-caliber revolver believed to be evidence in the case in the upstairs room of another man's home.

According to a press release from the Shelby County District Attorney's Office, Wright, 38, was reported missing in late October of 2017 after her car was found at a home on County Road 1012. After a search warrant was issued to search the 60-acre property, Dearing told investigators where to find Wright's body on the property.

According to the press release, Investigators with the Shelby County DA's office and the Center Police Department got a warrant to enter the property and had Wright's car towed to the CPD office, where it was processed by a Texas Department of Public Safety forensic team.

At that point, authorities got another warrant to search the 60-acre property on CR 1012, the press release stated.

"Investigators for the District Attorney's Office, Center Police Department, San Augustine Sheriff's Department and Texas Parks and Wildlife Department executed the secondary search warrant on November 17, 2017," the press release stated. "During this search, investigators recovered several 5-gallon buckets of marijuana, an industrial size trashcan of marijuana, a large plastic tote of marijuana, 1,750 marijuana plants and implements that were clearly utilized for the cultivation of marijuana."

As a result, Dearing was arrested and charged with felony possession of marijuana, the press release stated. During his arraignment, Dearing allegedly asked to speak with investigators and told them where Wright's body could be found on the property on CR 1012.

Investigators with the Shelby County District Attorney's office, the Center Police Department, the San Augustine County Sheriff's Office, and the Texas Rangers executed a third search warrant on the property. After Wright's body was exhumed, it was taken to Tyler, where an autopsy was performed.
Dearing was then charged with first-degree murder.

"Due to the ongoing investigation of the murder, no more information can be released at this time," said Joey Haley, an investigator for the Shelby County District Attorney's Office.

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