By Chris Edwards
HILLISTER – A quartet of recent arrests brings the total to five individuals in custody in connection with an ongoing murder investigation.
On the morning of Friday, Dec. 28, 2018, deputies with the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office responded to a call of suspicious activity at Christopher Paulette’s residence located on County Road 4289 in Hillister. Paulette, 34, remains in the Tyler County Jail, charged with Capital Murder, after the body of 64-year-old Onalaska resident Susan Morris was found during a search of his home a week prior.
The caller reported a suspicious silver passenger car, with two individuals inside, parked at Paulette’s house. According to a news release from Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, as deputies responded, they were advised that the silver vehicle had left the residence and traveled down CR 4260 toward Woodville.
They soon encountered the silver passenger car, which was northbound on CR 4260 at a high rate of speed. The suspect vehicle continued at a high rate of speed refusing to stop for deputies.
The driver of the vehicle, later identified as Bryan Hewson, lost control and struck an electric pole at the corner of CR 4260 and CR 4262.
Hewson, age 32, of Grandbury and the passenger, Krystine Caldwell, age 30, of Beaumont, were arrested without incident and transported to the Tyler County Jail. Hewson was booked into jail charged with Evading Arrest/Detention with a Motor Vehicle. Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Milton Powers set a $7,500 bond. Caldwell was booked into jail and charged with Fail to Identify/Fugitive, Hardin County Warrant for Fail to Identify and for Prohibited Substance/Item in Correctional Facility. Caldwell was set a $62,500 bond by Powers.
According to Weatherford, both Hewson and Caldwell remain in the Tyler County Jail and could face additional criminal charges.
Kidnapping suspects arrested
On Saturday, Dec. 30, TCSO deputies made two more arrests of individuals who allegedly claimed to be “tying up loose ends” for Paulette.
TCSO obtained warrants for two suspects, Wesley Harris, 21, of Corrigan and Colton McInnis, 19, of Silsbee. According to Weatherford, his office received a call on the morning of Sunday, Dec. 23, 2018, from a caller who told dispatchers of an incident that occurred on FM 1943 near Fred.
The caller advised of a passenger car door open on a vehicle traveling directly in front of her and could see that a female was attempting to exit the vehicle. The caller also noted that some type of altercation was occurring inside the vehicle.
The vehicle eventually came to a stop on the shoulder of the highway. As it did, the reporting caller also stopped and a female exited, running towards the caller’s vehicle. As she entered the caller’s vehicle she screamed, “they are trying to kill me.”
The victim told TCSO deputies two male suspects, whom she knew and identified, had picked her up at her Warren residence during what she said began as a friendly encounter. As they traveled toward Fred, the two male suspects told her they were working on behalf of Paulette and were “tying up loose ends.”
Agents with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms were able to locate the suspects’ unoccupied vehicle and additional evidence.
Harris and McInnis were charged with aggravated kidnapping, and both had bonds set by Powers at $500,000 each. They remain in the Tyler County Jail.
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