by Valerie Reddell
WOODVILLE —Four suspects have been charged with murder in connection with the May 27 death of Brandon Robertson, 25, of Nederland. The body was found in Tyler County after firefighters discovered the remains while fighting a small woods fire. They face additional charges of tampering with physical evidence, along with a fifth suspect.
Sheriff Bryan Weatherford identified the suspects as:
• Jeremy Arrington, 38, of Spurger.
• James Pratt, 25, of Nederland.
• Thomas Swafford, 24, of Nederland.
• Jacob Arrington, 25, of Nederland.
• Scott Ford, 28, of Orange.
Jeremy Arrington and Pratt are being held at the Tyler County Jail. Arrington is charged with tampering with physical evidence and bail is set at $150,000.
Pratt is charged with murder and tampering, his bonds total $450,000.
Swafford and Jacob Arrington are being held at the Jefferson County Jail in lieu of $350,000 bail.
Scott Ford is being held at the Jasper County Jail. Requests for a booking photo of Ford were not been answered as of press time. His bond is set at $350,000.
Information has not yet been released on a sixth suspect.
An autopsy on the victim showed multiple gunshot wounds, Weatherford said in a written statement released to media outlets.
Tyler County detectives and Texas Rangers interviewed multiple witnesses and suspects and confessions were attained. Those statements and evidence collected from multiple crime scenes in Jefferson and Tyler County revealed that Robertson was killed in Jefferson County then taken to Tyler County and dumped.