TYLER COUNTY — A Hillister man is being held without bail on capital murder charges after a 911 call led Tyler County deputies to a Hillister residence where a man was being held against his will. Deputies also found the body of Susan Morris, 64, of Onalaska in a subsequent search of the home.
Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford said his office received a 911 call at about 6 a.m. Friday, Dec. 21.
That anonymous call led officials to the home where they found a man whose hands were bound and he told officers he was being forcible held there.
They immediately arrested Christopher Paulette, 34, of Hillister at that location. Reports show Paulette was armed with a shotgun.
They secured the scene while investigators obtained a search warrant.
It was during that search that officers found Morris’s body hidden within the house.
Officers speaking on condition of anonymity said she had been badly beaten.
Morris was taken to the Southeast Texas Forensic Center in Beaumont for an autopsy.
No preliminary results for that autopsy were available as of Thursday evening.
Paulette has been charged with capital murder and District Judge Delinda Gibbs-Walker ordered him to be held without bond.
Federal ATF agents and the Texas Rangers are assisting in the investigation.
Paulette has also been charged with felon in possession of a firearm, a third-degree felony.
Morris has faced some legal difficulties of her own, with records at the Polk County Jail showing pending charges for sexual assault of a child and two counts of manufacture/delivery of a controlled substance.