POSTED: Monday, April 21, 2014 - 4:15pm
UPDATED: Tuesday, April 22, 2014 - 1:24pm
Jacksonville, Texas (KETK) — A mother of four was found dead Sunday morning in the driveway of her home. Police say the husband was responsible for her death.
On Sunday at 9:35 a.m., Kayla Nicole Thompson, 27, of Jacksonville, was discovered deceased at her home in the 1500 block of County Road 3201 by her mother, who was checking on the woman and her four children after other relatives were unable to reach her for several hours. The location is just west of Lake Jacksonville.
Family member had been trying to reach Thompson to let her know they had taken her husband, Cedric Dewayne Thompson, 34, to a hospital near Kilgore for medical treatment. They claim he called them earlier in the morning told them he wanted to hurt himself. Cedric was then taken to a hospital in Longview.
Neighbors in the immediate area heard screams for help and came to the driveway to see what was wrong. After seeing the woman dead in the driveway, several calls were placed to 911.
Emergency crews arrived on scene within eights minutes, and a Cherokee County deputy arrived on the scene about 10 minutes later.
Upon law enforcement arrival, and the mother pronounced dead by health officials, investigators with Cherokee County Sheriff's Office were notified of the situation. Justice Of The Peace Vera Foreman pronounced Thompson dead at the scene. Her body was sent to Dallas for autopsy.
The children were found in the residence and appeared to be unharmed. They were released to their grandparents and later interviewed by staff at the Crisis Center in Jacksonville.
Deputies and investigators remained at the Thompson residence until after 6:00 p.m. Sunday night while other investigators obtained search warrants for the vehicle Cedric Thompson was driving. An arrest warrant for murder was issued for Cedric Thompson at this time.
At about 2:00 p.m., a deputy from Cherokee County, with assistance from the Longview Police Department, arrested Cedric Thompson immediately upon the issuance of the murder warrant by Justice Of The Peace Judge Phillip Grimes. Cedric Thompson was taken before a local magistrate in Kilgore, and taken back to Cherokee County Jail before 6:00 p.m. Sunday night.
Later in the evening, a search warrant was obtained for the vehicle, which was located at a home just south of Marshall, Texas, on FM-31 in Harrison County. A Cherokee County investigator traveled to Marshall and was assisted by an Investigator with the Harrison County Sheriff's Office in locating and seizing the vehicle. The vehicle was brought back to Cherokee County around 1:00 a.m. Monday.
Cedric remains in custody at the Cherokee County Jail and was arraigned by Justice Of The Peace Brenda Dominy. His bond was set at $1 million.
No details of the injuries sustained by the victim or a possible motive are being released at this time. Final autopsy results will not be available to the sheriff's office for several weeks.