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HENDERSON CO., August 4, 2014— On August 2, at approximately 4:30 a.m., the Henderson County Sheriff’s Office responded to a death investigation at 7050 Porthville Drive, near Payne Springs. Clyde Jason Tennison, who lives at the residence, reported finding Deborah Denise Allen deceased inside the residence. Tennison suggested that Allen’s death was a suicide. HCSO Sergeant Rose and Deputy Thompson responded to the location where they observed Deborah Allen deceased inside the residence. HCSO Lieutenant Kendell Wellman arrived on the scene, along with HCSO Investigators Nick Webb, Cayce Hampton, and Texas Ranger Michael Adcock. Henderson County Justice of the Peace Tommy Barnett was called to the scene for an inquest.
During the course of the investigation, evidence suggested that Allen’s death was not consistent with suicide. Investigators learned that Allen was in a relationship with Clyde Tennison and lived in the residence with him. Search warrants for the residence, Tennison’s vehicle, and Tennison were prepared and presented to Henderson County District Judge Dan Moore. Search warrants were granted and executed on Saturday. Judge Barnett ordered that Allen’s body be sent to the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Science for an autopsy.
Preliminary autopsy finding revealed that Allen had blunt force trauma, lacerations, and stab wounds to her facial and neck areas which were inconsistent with suicide. Investigator Hampton sought and was granted an arrest warrant, issued by 173rd Judicial District Judge Dan Moore. Tennison was arrested and transported to the Henderson County Detention Center. He was charged with murder and a $1 million bond has been set. Tennison remains in custody. The investigation continues.
Henderson County District Attorney Scott McKee and his staff aided in the investigation.
KYYK's Gary Richards spoke with Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt about the case, as well as an arrest made in an unrelated case. Click below for more.
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