ETX murder suspect hospitalized after jumping off I-30 overpass, will be jailed upon release
POSTED: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 9:33am
UPDATED: Wednesday, October 23, 2013 - 8:05pm
Sulphur Springs, Texas (KETK) —
An East Texas murder suspect is in stable condition under police watch at a Tyler hospital after leaping off an overpass on Interstate 30.
The Sulphur Springs Police Department tells KETK, Tony DeWayne Crayton, 31, was flown to a hospital in Tyler and will be served with an arrest warrant for murder upon his release.
Police responded to a home on Morris Drive, around 1:00 p.m., Tuesday afternoon. When officials arrived to the home and knocked on the door, nobody answered so they began to search the perimeter when they spotted a body lying on the floor through the window. Officials forced entry into the house and discovered the body of a woman identified as Jessica Tyler Crayton, 27. According to authorities, she suffered severe trauma to her neck.
Photo of Jessica Tyler Crayton and her son from Facebook.
While at the location of the body, investigators received a call about a man who was threatening to jump from the League Street overpass on Interstate 30. By the time investigators made it to the overpass, Tony had already jumped, but was not struck by any cars.
Police tell KETK Tony and Jessica have a child together and were currently married.
When released from the hospital, Crayton will be booked into the Hopkins County Jail on charges of murder.
Jessica Crayton was employed at the Wal-Mart Supercenter, according to her Facebook page. She is a 2007 graduate of Lon Morris Junior College in Jacksonville and a 2005 graduate of Sulphur Springs High School.
The investigation into the murder is being conducted by the Sulphur Springs Police Department and the Texas Rangers.
A memorial fund has been set up for the couple's son, Preston, at Alliance Bank. Anyone wishing to contribute may do so by telling bank employees the money goes to Memorial account for Tyler Townsend Crayton.