The Huntsville Item, Huntsville, TX


July 25, 2013

Investigation continues in double homicide

HUNTSVILLE — Law enforcement officials are still searching for clues today to lead to a suspect or suspects responsible for an apparent double homicide that left a Walker County woman and her grandson dead Wednesday.

The victims were identified as 54-year-old Shanta Faye Crawford and her 17-month-old grandson Aiyden Benjamin Lewis. Their bodies were discovered by Crawford’s husband at their home on M. Williams Road off Highway 30 West around 5 p.m. on Wednesday.

Sheriff Clint McRae held a press conference at the Walker County Storm Shelter at 3 p.m. today that did not yield any new information in the investigation.

According to authorities, the victim’s husband came home Wednesday to find his wife and his grandson dead in separate rooms and called 911. McRae said this morning that investigators are working quickly to zero in on a suspect.

“We will exhaust all means to rule people out to find a suspect in these murders,” McRae said. “We are currently interviewing family and neighbors to try and get more information so we can bring whoever is responsible to justice.”

McRae said that the victims’ bodies are at a nearby medical examiner’s office to determine the cause of death.

Investigators worked the scene late into the night Wednesday and secured the location overnight before resuming the investigation earlier today.

“We are currently processing the crime scene and hopefully we will get a better look in and around the house during the daylight,” McRae said. “We have called the Montgomery County Sheriff’s Crime Scene Investigation Unit to the location to help process the scene. They have a camera that can take a 360-degree picture of the scene, which will help form an animated re-enactment of the crime scene.”

The Texas Rangers, Texas Department of Public Safety and the Walker County District Attorney’s Office are also helping in the investigation.

Anyone with information concerning the case can contact the Walker County Sheriff’s Office at (936) 435-2400 or Crime Stoppers at (936) 294-9494.

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