Carlton Champion Jr., 21, of Longview has been indicted by a Smith County grand jury in Ty Underwood’s murder.

Champion is accused of killing a transgender woman in Tyler earlier this year.

Champion was arrested Jan. 29 for a probation violation, but was the prime suspect at the onset of the investigation, according to an official affidavit.

On Jan. 26, officers found Underwood, 24, of Tyler, dead in her vehicle from multiple gunshot wounds in the 400 block of West 24th Street.

Early interviews with people who knew Underwood revealed the two 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 pair wanted to meet after midnight. There was an argument between the two that ended with Underwood telling Champion she did not want to continue the relationship. Around 2 a.m., the two decided the location of the meeting.

Champion became defensive and uncooperative when police asked him about the inconsistencies in his earlier interview.

Champion is represented by Melvin Thompson. The case will be tried in 114th State District Judge Christi Kennedy’s court.

— KYTX CBS19 and Staff Reports

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