Posted by : November 20, 2015
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Property dispute may have lead to mass murders
Monitor Staff Reports
PALESTINE–Close relatives of the mass murder victims on rural property near the Tennessee Colony in Anderson County suspect a motive for the six killings, reported Sunday, Nov. 15.
Carina Kamp, the former wife of Thomas Kamp and the mother of their two sons slain, told the Palestine Herald-Press that it might have resulted from anger over her former husband’s purchase of the property from the murder suspect’s father.
The Anderson County Sheriff took William Hudson, 33, into custody in connection with the multiple homicides on Monday. He was found at his mother’s nearby home. Bond has been set at $2.5 million. The sheriff’s office says law enforcement officers have dealt with Hudson in the past few weeks on an assault call. They say he is not cooperating with the investigation.
Thomas Kamp, 45, purchased the property from Hudson’s father, before he died last December. Hudson resented the sale and Kamp’s construction of a locked chain fence on the property, cutting it off from Hudson’s and public access, according to Carina Kamp.
Taylor said that this is the largest mass murder that he has ever seen, The Palestine Herald-Press reported.
The Kamp’s two eldest sons, Nathan 23, and Austin, 21, were among the bodies found in a pond on Hudson’s property, along with the body of their father Thomas Kamp, 45, and Kade Johnson, 8, the son of Hannah Johnson who was Thomas’ girl friend.
They were found Monday afternoon on property adjoining the camping site. It was not clear if they had also been shot.
Deputies first found the bodies of Carl Johnson, 77, and his daughter, Hannah, shot to death in the travel trailer.
Cynthia Johnson, 73, was the only one to survive the killings.
She ran away from the travel trailer and hid in a nearby wooded area. She called 9-1-1 to report the killings at 7:02 a.m. and identified the suspect. “Apparently he (the killer) did not see her run away,” Taylor said. “She was able to hide, thank God.”
“Mine and my family’s theory is that Mr. Hudson got mad that my husband bought the land and this (the murders) was something he planned on doing,” Carina Kamp said. Sheriff Taylor ascribed no motive for the killings.
The Texas Rangers and Palestine Police Department assisted in the investigation.
Posted by : November 19, 2015
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Monitor Staff Reports
GUN BARREL CITY–Gun Barrel City Police officers took a Scurry man into custody after he led them on a short vehicle chase Nov. 12. Upon a search of his vehicle, drugs and a firearm were found.
It started as a traffic stop. Once the driver was identified as Gary Blanton, 48, a background check revealed he was wanted on a parole violation.
However, when officers asked Blanton to exit the vehicle he put the car into drive and took off.
According to a press release the pursuit was short-lived and Blanton was placed into custody.
In plain view a quantity of methamphetamine was located in the driver’s seat, along with a pistol – later found to be stolen, a bag of marijuana and a scale.
Officers also found another bag of meth along the side of the road where Blanton started to evade police.
Blanton is being held on bonds totaling $47,000 in the Henderson County Jail. He is charged with manufacture and delivery controlled substance more than 4 grams and less than 200 grams, possession of marijuana, evading arrest, tampering with physical Evidence and unlawful possession of a firearm by a felon, in addition to his original parole violation.
Posted by : November 18, 2015
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Visitation for Joe Gayton Jr. is set for Thursday (today), Nov. 19, 2015, from 6-8 p.m. with the Rosary at 7pm at Eubank Cedar Creek Funeral Home.
Funeral service for Joe is set for Friday, Nov. 20, 2015, at Eubank Funeral Home with Father Dan Daugherty officiating.
Interment will follow at Cedar Creek Memorial Park in Mabank.
Joe was born March 10, 1935 in Waco, to parents Joe Angel Sr. and Maria Espinoza, and entered into eternal rest on Nov. 13, 2015, at the age of 80.
Joe served in the United States Army as a Private. He received an award from President Eisenhower during his service in the Korean War.
Joe was a hard worker; he worked on his house and in the yard in his spare time. He worked for Midas for more than 20 years. Joe also worked at Groom and Sons, where he received a 10 year anniversary ring and plaque.
He loved all sports, but really enjoyed the Dallas Cowboys and Texas Rangers. Joe loved watching his grandsons play football and soccer. He participated in fund raisers for his grandchildren’s sporting events. One of his favorite TV shows was Judge Judy.
Joe was a member of St. Jude Catholic Church in Gun Barrel City and before that, he was a member at St. Terssa in Canton. He was a very loving and caring man who will be missed by all who knew and loved him.
Joe was preceded in death by his parents, brothers Emmette, Albert and Larry, and sister Victoria.
He is survived by his loving wife of 59 years, Evangelina Gayton; sons Richard Gayton, Ralph Gayton, Anthony Gayton Sr. and wife Lucille; grandsons Paul Estrada and wife Kathryn and Mathew Estrada; daughters Cynthia Vallery and husband Kelly, Margie Nawara and husband Roger, Dianna Driskell and husband Mike and Rebecca Gayton; grandchildren Shannon, Frankie, Misty, Phillip, Gina, Jeanette, John, Anthony Jr., Rica, Vanessa, Andrew, Sarah, Erika and Dasia; numerous great-grandchildren and great-great-grandchildren, sisters Josie Reyes and husband Smiley, Minga Gonzales and husband Robert and Candi Gayton; other loving family members and many more friends.
A personal tribute may be made online at www.eubankcedarcreek.com.