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Investigators Seeking Help 300By Chris Edwards
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SPURGER – A murder that occurred in March near Spurger has investigators asking for the public’s help in solving the case.

The shooting death of Jamerion D. Mitchell, a 32-year-old Lufkin man, occurred at a party on the early morning of Sunday, March 21, at a residence known as Stittem Hill. According to Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford, investigators with the Tyler County Sheriff’s Office are working with the Texas Ranger to investigate Mitchell’s murder.

Weatherford said that law enforcement working on the case have interviewed “several potential witnesses and followed several leads.” One aspect of the crime that had investigators puzzled from the beginning is the number of people who were present at the party, and the lack of cooperation from anyone regarding the crime.

There were more than 100 individuals gathered at the residence, which was a trail ride party, and shortly after the initial investigation, Weatherford reached out to the public asking for anyone who might have information, including video recordings, photos of the trail ride or any social media information.

When the first deputies arrived on the scene of the crime, they observed several individuals standing over Mitchell, who had been shot multiple times in the chest and stomach area. He was pronounced dead at the scene.

One Woodville resident, Kendall Coleman, had been at the party before the incident. Coleman, who owns Coleman’s Family Mortuary, was called out to recover the body, and the gravity of the situation struck him. He made a public video expressing his shock over the event and calling for anyone with knowledge of the crime to come forward. 

Investigators are still in search of any videos, photos or other lead-conducive information, and anyone who might have any of these items can contact either of the agencies investigating the crime or Crime Stoppers.

TCSO can be reached by phone at 409-283-2172, or by email at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.. The Texas Rangers, Jasper office can be reached at 409-384-5712, and Crime Stoppers can be reached by calling 936-639-TIPS. Tipsters calling in information to the Crime Stoppers hotline that leads to an arrest may be eligible for a cash reward, and tipsters may remain anonymous.

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