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AFFIDAVIT: Tyler man killed woman with machete in apartment

The victim has been identified as Jaci Wilkerson, 40, of Smith County. Her body was sent for autopsy.

TYLER, Texas — More information has been released concerning a man who was arrested for murder after a woman's body was found in a unit at a Tyler apartment complex. man wanted for murder is now in custody.

According to the Tyler Police Department, officers were called to an apartment complex at 2719 S. Broadway Ave. around 3:15 a.m. on Wednesday.

When police arrived on scene, they found a woman dead in an apartment unit.

The victim has been identified as Jaci Wilkerson, 40, of Smith County. Her body was sent for autopsy.

An arrest warrant for murder was issued for David Michael Thompson who was at large Wednesday afternoon.

He has since been taken into custody by the Lindale Police Department, according to Smith County judicial records. He was booked into the Smith County Jail on $750,000 bond.


Around 3:35 a.m., police were called to the Lodge Apartments on S. Broadway Ave. after Wilkerson's body was found in apartment no. 145. The arrest affidavit states [redacted], Thompson's roommate, is the one who called authorities when he got up to use the bathroom and found Wilkerson's body. Police say Wilkerson had severe head trauma.

Thompson's roommate told police he had gone to bed around 10 p.m. and was the only one home at the time, the affidavit says. When he got up to use the bathroom around 1 a.m., he said Thompson's bedroom door was cracked and a light was on. However, he didn't believe anyone was in the apartment or if Thompson was home, he was outside smoking.

When the roommate got up again around 3 a.m., he said his phone had lit up with messages from Thompson that said, "Sorry you had to be there for that," to which the roommate replied, "?," according to the affidavit. When he was finished using the bathroom, that's when he saw Wilkerson's body.

The roommate told police he didn't hear any arguing, but said Thompson and Wilkerson had "violent" relationship, the affidavit states. He also reportedly told officials Thompson was crazy. He said Thompson was bi-polar and had a violent personality, according to the affidavit.

The affidavit states the roommate said he wasn't surprised this happened.

During a safety sweep of the apartment, a bloody machete was reportedly found on Thompson's bed. Blood was also found on a pillow in Thompsons's room, the affidavit states.

Authorities say blood was found on the walls and doors throughout the apartment.

The upstairs neighbors said they heard a woman yelling, "Oh, my God! Please stop!," followed by a loud thud, the affidavit states.

Police say previously, Wilkerson had sought a protection order against Thompson, which he violated.

 This investigation is ongoing and CBS19 will update this article as more information becomes available.

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