UPDATE: Tyler man arrested for murder of 25-year-old woman

Crime & Public Safety

UPDATE (4:00 P.M.) – A Tyler man was arrested for the murder of a 25-year-old woman who was found dead in a home on Saturday morning.

On Saturday, the Tyler PD obtained an arrest warrant for 20-year-old Javier Valenzuela-Avila. He was at admitted to a local hospital for self inflicted wounds but under police custody.

On Sunday, Valenzuela-Avila was released from the hospital and booked into the Smith County Jail on the murder warrant with $1,000,000 bond.


TYLER, Texas (KETK) – The Tyler Police Department have detained a possible suspect after finding a 25-year-old woman dead in a home.

On Saturday, Sept. 4, around 7:50 a.m., officers with Tyler PD responded to a residence in the 1300 block of E. Dawson Street on a welfare concern.

When police arrived, they found Laura Garcia, of Tyler, dead from an apparent homicide.

Tyler police said more information will be released as it becomes available.

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