by DANTE EVANS
A college football player in Texas has been accused of shooting and killing his girlfriend after finding out she was actually a man.
Police say Carlton Champion Jr. has been charged with first-degree murder after they found his girlfriend, “Ty” Lee Underwood, in his red Toyota Camry off the roadway at 2:26 a.m. on Jan. 26. Underwood was pronounced dead at the scene after being shot “several times” according to Tyler, Texas police officer Don Martin.
According to People Magazine, investigators were lead to Champion by Underwood’s roommate after she told them that Underwood previously dated Champion, a student at Texas College, for the past couple of weeks. Champion and Underwood, who went by the name “Tyra,” had been talking to each other for several weeks through the Kik messaging app, according to a Smith County arrest affidavit.
Messages on Underwood’s phone showed contact with Champion dating back to Jan. 19 and also documented sexual relations between the two. On the night of Jan. 25, the two allegedly got into an argument. Champion messaged Underwood asking if she wanted to “chill.” They planned to meet somewhere, but Champion fell asleep and the plans never came to fruition. This caused Underwood to become upset and text Champion that she didn’t want to see him again. Champion responded saying “I will make it up,” with more messages being exchanged throughout the night.
Video surveillance showed Champion leaving his dorm at 2:13 a.m. and returning at 2:27 a.m. When confronted with the video evidence, Champion denied ever leaving his dorm. The jacket that Champion was wearing when he left his dorm room tested positive for blood, according to an affidavit.
Champion is being held in Smith County Jail on a $1 million bond.