By Ginger Allen

FAIRVIEW (CBSDFW.COM) – The man accused of murdering his son and grandson insists he’s innocent.

Paul Tanner, 82, sat down with CBS 11 to talk about what happened on May 14, the day his son and grandson were shot and killed.

The 82-year-old, rolled into the interview in a wheel chair, beginning the interview with these words: “I just want to tell you right now that I didn’t do it.”

Police arrested Tanner more than a week ago for the murders of 23-year-old Ryan Tanner and 59-year-old Paul Tanner Jr. Ryan was shot in the head twice.  Paul was shot in the head and the chest.  Both bodies were found inside the Fairview home where all three men lived together.

“My son was my sole care taker, partner and best friend  — and my grandson, likewise,” said Tanner.

Tanner said he has heart problems and was in no condition to commit a double murder.


Paul Tanner accused of murdering son and grandson. (credit: CBS 11 News)

Paul Tanner accused of murdering son and grandson. (credit: CBS 11 News)

“I can’t walk, and I can barely pick up a spoon to eat.”

However, police paint a much different picture of Tanner.  Fairview’s police chief told CBS 11 Investigative Reporter Ginger Allen that a witness saw Tanner at the house the night of the murders.  Police also found a gun when they located Tanner unconscious at a hotel two days after the crime.  Detectives are waiting to see if it matches to the crime.  The chief says Tanner is the one and only suspect.

Tanner, meanwhile, is saying very little about the night of the murders.

“I don’t know what gave me the energy to drive or the impetus to drive, hopefully we’ll sort that out in trial,” he said.

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