Three arrested in Tyler man’s murder

Published 12:00 am Tuesday, August 19, 2003

Three Selmians charged with the capital murder of a Tyler man currently sit in the Dallas County Jail without bond.

Terry Javon Shaw, 23, Myron Antonio Gordon, 20, and Barbara Eaton, 19, were brought into custody Friday following an extensive investigation into the death of Tyrone Middleton, according to Selma Police Chief Robert Green.

Middleton, 25, was found dead at the Days Inn & Suites Aug. 10 by housekeeping staff. Green said a blow to the head caused Middleton’s death. Investigators believe that an apparent bullet hole in the motel room’s wall was caused when the gun used to hit Middleton went off.

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Green added that a cell phone, handgun and other property were missing from the scene. The cell phone has since been recovered.

When asked if the death was drug related, Green noted that the investigation was ongoing and the issue of drug involvement had yet to be determined.

According to Days Inn front desk manager Leslie Goodwin, Middleton had patronized the motel for the past six years. &uot;He was a good customer,&uot; Goodwin said. &uot;He came here all the time.&uot;

Officers arrested Gordon around 2:30 p.m. Friday and brought Shaw into custody around 5:17 p.m. Both were arrested in Selma.

Police arrested Eaton around 6:46 p.m. in Montgomery.

Det. Sgt. Jimmy Martin and Det. Tory Neely led the investigation and interviewed about 40 people during the past week. Mayor James Perkins Jr. praised the two officers.

Green said this case marks Selma’s sixth murder this year, but added that all cases have been solved and the suspects arrested.