Carlton Champion gets life for the murder of trans woman Ty Underwood

Carlton Champion Tye Underwood

Screaming “I’ll be back on the streets” an enraged Carlton Champion was dragged from the courtroom Thursday after the verdict was read.

Update: Carlton Champion won’t be back for at least 30 years after being sentenced to life Friday.

Former Texas football player Carlton Ray Champion Jr. was convicted Wensday of the 2014 murder of Tyler transgender woman Ty Underwood. The jury deliberated two hours after hearing three days of testimony. Deputies locked down the courtroom as they surrounded and removed Carlton Champion by force.

Prosecutors presented evidence that Ms. Underwood and Carlton Champion had been in a long term relationship and had exchanged texts the morning of the murder. Carlton Champion’s roommate testified that he had been aware of the relationship and hoped that it would be beneficial to him. Carlton Champion was not charged with a hate crime even though prosecutors argued that Charlton murdered her because he didn’t want knowledge of the relationship to go public.

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