Texas college football player Carlton Ray Champion Jr., 21, was served a warrant for murder Monday while being held in the Gregg County Jail on a probation violation. It is said that the motive for the murder is the fact that Champion was in a relationship with Tyrone Underwood, a transgendered woman. On Jan. 26, officers found Underwood, 24, of Tyler, dead in his vehicle from multiple gunshot wounds.
It can be seen though Champion and Underwoods conversations that they had a sexual history with each other said a detective that is investigating the case. Also, people that knew the victim said that they had been seeing each other for several weeks. The two were communicating through a messaging app called KIK through the duration of their relationship.
According to an affidavit, Champion became a suspect because Underwoods roommate Kendrick Darks, told police Underwood had been dating a man named “Carlton” for several weeks prior to her death.
A Detective interviewed Champion’s father and wrote “Champion’s father] stated that Carlton Jr. was meeting Underwood and thought Underwood was female. According to Champion’s father, Carlton Jr. was supposed to get some type of sexual favor from Underwood but realized Underwood was a male.”
The police are not saying that the motive for the murder is the fact that Underwood is a transgendered woman. But for now that is the motive that it’s the working theory and they are sticking with it.