FROM THE SMITH COUNTY SHERIFF'S OFFICE:
UPDATE: Shooting On Hwy 135 Near Arp
TYLER, TX – Richard Lee Hunt, DOB 11.6.61, of Arp, Texas, has been charged with murder in the shooting death of Tony Tillman, DOB 7.6.59, also of Arp.
Tillman was shot during an altercation on March 5, at a residence in the 15000 block of Highway 135 near Arp. Tillman had been hospitalized in Tyler since the shooting and passed away this afternoon as a result of his injuries.
After receiving a 911 call at 6:20 pm on March 5, Sheriff's Office deputies arrived at the location and found Hunt and Tillman in the area. Both were suffering from gunshot wounds and were transported to a Tyler hospital for treatment.
Tillman suffered multiple gunshot wounds caused by a weapon fired by Hunt. Hunt suffered an apparent self-inflicted gunshot wound to the leg during the altercation.
Early Wednesday morning after receiving treatment for his wound, Hunt was arrested for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and was booked into the Smith County Jail. Later, Hunt was released on bond.
Hunt was rearrested today on the new charge of first degree murder and is now back in the Smith County Jail. State District Judge Jack Skeen set Hunt's bond at $750,000.
Tillman's body was sent to Southwestern Institute of Forensic Science in Dallas for an autopsy.