Warrant issued for Livingston woman for tampering with evidence in May 2006 murder
Polk County Enterprise, August 2007
By Valerie Reddell
LIVINGSTON — A Polk County grand jury has indicted Angela Chambers of Livingston on a third-degree felony charge of tampering with evidence in connection with the shooting death of Clayton Junior Jones in May 2006.
Jackie DeShawn Welch and Kevin Rashawn Wright were found guilty of murder by a Polk County jury on July 13 before District Judge Robert Hill Trapp.
Two eyewitnesses testified during the trial that Welch fired the shots that killed Jones at Chambers’ mother’s home on Travis Avenue in Wiggins Village.
During questioning by prosecutors, witnesses said Chambers was on the porch of that house with several family members when Jones, Chambers’ longtime boyfriend, was killed.
After the shooting everyone except Jones left the residence.
Reginald Wright, Chambers’ cousin, told jurors he left the scene to take three small children who witnessed the shooting to another family members’ home.
Reginald said he returned to the scene a short time later, but did not see Junior Boy’s body so he thought he had gotten help.
Records at the Polk County Sheriff’s Office show that were not notified that anything had happened on Travis Avenue until after 4 a.m.
Chambers called 9-1-1 seven hours after the shooting and said there was a drunk person unconscious in the ditch.
Deputy William Jerry was dispatched to Wiggins Village and spent several minutes looking for the reported drunk and located the body after questioning Chambers about where she had spotted him.
When Jerry was unable to arouse Jones, he asked Chambers if she knew the man and his patrol car video showed she became hysterical when she looked at Jones on the ground.
A conviction for tampering with evidence carries a two- to 10-year prison sentence and a possible fine of $2,000 to $10,000.
Assistant District Attorney Joe Martin said the charge is based on written statements to police, which were basically the same as the verbal statements she made to police at the scene.
“We have witnesses that she was on the porch when Clayton Junior Jones was murdered and she knew good and well that it wasn’t a drunk in the ditch. It was her boyfriend,” Martin said.
“She misled the police and named two innocent people that had contact with (Jones) the night before and that’s who the police were looking at as possible suspects,” Martin said.
Polk County sheriff’s deputies having an outstanding warrant for Chambers’ arrest. She was reportedly an employee at the Polunsky Unit of the Texas Department of Crinminal
Justice until shortly before the murder trial for Welch and her brother Kevin Wright began
Anyone with information about Chambers whereabouts is asked to call the Polk County Sheriff’s Office at (936)327-6810.