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Double Murder leaves two dead in Tyler County

Tyler County Booster

A long running dispute over the ownership of some land off CR 2150 in Tyler County ended with two Tyler County men dead and a Lousiana man in the the Tyler County jail charged with two counts of capital murder. According to Tyler County Sheriff’s Sargeant “Bud” Sturrock, Donald David Legg of Shreveport, Louisiana was arrested May 19. Sturrock was in dispatch when a 911 call came in about a shooting on CR 2150 to which a number of units responded. The suspect in the shooting was driving a red Toyota pickup and dispatch said a shotgun was involved. The same vehicle was reported to be involved in two shootings. DPS Trooper Buck Odom located the suspect, on CR2150, outside the vehicle with some fence cutters, cutting a fence after the shootings had occurred. Donald David Legg was arrested at that point. Three weapons were found in the pickup, including a 12 gage shotgun that was used in the shootings. The two shooting victims were identified as Preston Irving Broom, 73 and Leo Henry “Buster” Broom, 78, both of Woodville. As of press time, Tyler County Sheriff’s department was still trying to determine the specifics of the motive for the shooting, but said it appeared to be a result of a long running family dispute over the ownership of land in the area. The land on which the fence was located that Legg was found cutting did not, however, belong to either of the shooting victims. The investigation is ungoing into the case. Legg is being held in Tyler County Jail charged with two counts of capital murder under two, $2.5 million dollar bonds. Both Preston Broom and Leo Broom were lifelong residents of Tyler County and well known in the community. Leo was buried Sunday, May 23, at Shady Grove Cemetery. Preston’s funeral was Monday, May 24, and was also buried at Shady Grove Cemetery.

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