Girlfriend charged with killing boyfriend

Published 11:01 pm Monday, May 7, 2012

A case of domestic violence turned tragic and deadly early Sunday when officers with the Selma Police Department discovered the body of a man in a Selmont Home.

Selma Chief of Police William T. Riley said officers were dispatched to 729 Twenty Foot Avenue in Selmont at approximately 6:15 a.m. Sunday in reference to a “deceased person.”

“Once officers arrived, they discovered a black male slumped down in the hallway inside the home,” Riley said. “Upon investigating the body, the discovered he had sustained a gunshot wound.”

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The victim, 47-year-old Joseph F. Callines, had been shot once in the upper torso by a small caliber handgun, Riley said.

Through interviews, Riley said detectives identified the shooting suspect as 48-year-old Elizabeth Blount.

Blount was reportedly Callines’ girlfriend and Riley said the investigation early on has led police to believe the shooting revolved around another women.

“We have information that this was a domestic violence situation that did involve the relationship with another woman,” Riley said Monday afternoon.

Blount was taken into custody Sunday, charged with murder and placed in the Dallas County Jail.

Monday afternoon, Blount was in District Court Judge Bob Armstrong’s courtroom, where Armstrong handed down a $250,000 bond on Blount’s murder charge.

“The evidence we have presented so far, we believe, warranted a high bond,” District Attorney Michael Jackson said after Blount’s bond hearing. “Needless to say, we are very pleased with the judge’s decision.”

Jackson also said Blount is scheduled to be back in court on June 14 for a preliminary hearing.

Funeral arrangements for Callines were incomplete. Miller Funeral Service of Selma is charged with the services and they will be announced later.