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Trial date postponed for man charged in transgender woman's murder

Carlton Champion (Source: Smith County Jail) Carlton Champion (Source: Smith County Jail)
Tyrone Underwood (Source: Tyler Police Department) Tyrone Underwood (Source: Tyler Police Department)
SMITH COUNTY, TX (KLTV) -

Jury selection has been postponed and a trial date continued in the trial for a man charged with the murder of a transgender woman.

Carlton Ray Champion, Jr., 21, of Longview, is accused in the murder of Ty Lee Underwood, 24, of Tyler. Champion was arrested in January.

On Monday, jury selection was postponed and the trial date was continued until December after a defense attorney asked the judge for more time to prepare the case.

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Investigators learned that Champion and Underwood were in a brief relationship prior to the murder. Electronic and video evidence was located that supported that Champion was meeting Underwood on the date and time of when the murder took place.

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On Jan. 26, Tyler police were dispatched to a traffic accident in the 400 block of W. 24th Street in Tyler. When they arrived, they found a vehicle and crashed into a telephone pole. Underwood, the driver of the vehicle, had been shot and was pronounced dead at the scene.

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