East Texas Man Charged With Killing Girlfriend

PAYNE SPRINGS, Texas (AP) – An East Texas man who originally reported his girlfriend’s death as a possible suicide has been charged in the slaying.

Henderson County jail records show 50-year-old Clyde Jason Tennison was being held Monday on a murder charge with bond set at $1 million.

Deputies early Saturday responded to Tennison’s home in Payne Springs when he reported finding 47-year-old Deborah Denise Allen dead.

Chief Deputy Botie Hillhouse on Monday said that Tennison suggested the case was a suicide.

A statement from the sheriff’s office says Tennison was arrested after evidence indicated the death was not consistent with suicide. Preliminary autopsy results show Allen had blunt force trauma, lacerations and stab wounds.

Hillhouse had no information on an attorney for Tennison.

Payne Springs is 50 miles southeast of Dallas.

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