SMITH COUNTY - Two women were sentenced in connection with the death of a man whose body was found burned near the Antioch Cemetery in September 2016.
Rebecca Bond, 38, of Tyler, accepted a plea deal Thursday and was sentenced to 50 years in prison on a murder charge. Laurie Perry, 57, of Chandler, also accepted a plea deal and was sentenced to 15 years in prison on a charge of tampering or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair a human corpse.
Their codefendant, Stanton Pearce, 54, of Tyler, pleaded guilty in February to tampering or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair a human corpse and was sentenced to 40 years in prison.
An arrest warrant affidavit for Pearce stated that on Sept. 22, Perry contacted the Smith County Sheriff’s Office and advised that she witnessed the murder of Luis Martinez, 62, of Tyler, on or about Sept. 15.
She told officers she saw Martinez being shot multiple times with a .22 caliber rifle by Bond at a residence on the 10800 block of Littlefield Drive. According to the document, Perry stated she put on latex gloves and broke down the rifle while Bond and Pearce moved Martinez’s body to an unknown location.
Perry said in the affidavit that two or three days later Pearce wanted to see if the body could be spotted in plain sight, and the two traveled to the cemetery. While traveling past the cemetery, Perry stated she could see blue tarp from the road and said that tarp was used to wrap Martinez’s body.
Smith County Sheriff’s Office deputies found the body Sept. 22 in response to Perry calling the sheriff’s office.
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