A Jackson man admitted to police investigators that he killed his 71-year-old uncle Saturday morning and waited several hours before contacting police, according to an affidavit of complaint released Monday morning.
Police identified the homicide victim as Lofel Bonds, according to a news release from the Jackson Police Department.
The suspect, identified as Travis Montrell Brint, 36, was arraigned on charges of second-degree murder and two counts of tampering with evidence in Jackson City Court Monday morning.
According to Tennessee Code Annotated 39-10-210, second-degree murder is the “knowing killing of another” and is a Class A felony.
Tampering with evidence is a Class C felony, according to T.C.A. 39-16-503.
During his arraignment, via video feed from the Madison County Jail, Brint told the judge that he did not have a job. When asked if he had family in Jackson, Brint told the judge his mother lived in Jackson.
Assistant District Attorney Al Earls recommended Brit’s bond be set at $250,000 and the judge agreed.
The judge also told Brint “this is a very, very serious crime” and that the “high bond is necessary.”
Brint’s preliminary hearing has been scheduled for 9:30 a.m. on Nov. 7 at 9:30 a.m. in city court.
On Saturday, Jackson police officers were called at 5:11p.m. to 704 Whitehall Street in regard to a person being found dead, according to the affidavit.
Police were led, by Brint, to Bonds’ body, which was located in a shed behind the house. Bonds appeared to have blunt force trauma to his head. After investigators with JPD’s Major Crimes Bureau and Eric Eckencamp, an assistant medical examiner, were called to the scene, Bonds’ death was determined to be a homicide.
The affidavit sad Brint told police that he discovered his uncle dead in the shed and called police.
Investigators received consent from Brint to search the house and as they did, they witnessed Brint remove an item and run out the back door, the affidavit said. Brint tried to enter the shed but officers stopped him. Brint, still holding the item, then ran through the backyard. As officers chased Brint, they saw him throw the item over a fence.
Brint was captured and taken to JPD’s Criminal Investigation Division office to be interviewed.
The affidavit said Brint provided statements about the incident. He admitted to investigators that he waited until his mother went to work before going to the shed to confront his uncle. During the confrontation, Brint said a fight occurred, around 11 a.m. Saturday, and he hit his uncle with a stick and a lamp.
Brint did not call police until 5:11 p.m., six hours and 11 minutes after the fight.
Brint told investigators that he tried to treat Bonds’ injuries and that he removed the broken lamp and the bandages he had placed on Bonds from the scene before calling police.
The affidavit also said Brint told police that he took the broken lamp from the house because he was afraid that it would officers to his involvement in his uncle’s murder.