Homicide investigation opened
Posted by : August 7, 2014| On :
By Pearl Cantrell
Monitor Staff Writer
ATHENS–A Henderson County man has been charged with the death of his live-in girlfriend, after reporting her death on Saturday.
Clyde Jason Tennison reported finding Deborah Denise Allen, 47, dead inside his residence shortly before 4:30 a.m. when deputies responded to his address south of Payne Springs.
The 50-year-old man lives at 7050 Porthville Drive, which comes off of State Highway 198 just north of the Caney City Bridge.
Investigators learned that the deceased woman was in a relationship with Tennison and lived there with him.
Tennison suggested to investigators that Allen’s death was a suicide, according to a press release.
Justice of the Peace Tommy Barnett was called to the scene for an inquest.
During the investigation evidence seemed inconsistent with a suicide.
Allen’s body was sent to the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Science.
Preliminary autopsy results find that Allen suffered a blunt force trauma, lacerations and stab wounds to her face and neck that didn’t fit a suicide explanation.
Search warrants for the residence, Tennison’s vehicle and Tennison himself were executed that same day.
Subsequently, Tennison was charged with murder and a $1,000,000 bond set. He is being held in the Henderson County Jail.