Grand jury indicts man accused in fatal shooting over football bet


A Bowie County grand jury issued a murder indictment Thursday for a Texarkana, Texas, man who allegedly shot and killed a man he’d fought with over a football bet.

Takyme Devon James, 39, is facing five to 99 years or life in prison if found guilty of murder in the death of 51-year-old Tony Sanders. Sanders died the night of Dec. 3 after being shot in the leg in his home in the 3600 block of Jones Street in Texarkana, Texas.

According to a probable cause affidavit, James was angry with Jones because of a fight the two had earlier at a club over a football bet. Sanders allegedly punched James after an argument at the club.

Sanders’ wife reported to Texarkana, Texas, police that when she and Sanders returned home that evening, James was waiting at their house. The wife told detectives that Sanders told her to go to a back bedroom. When officers arrived at around 10 p.m., they found the front door kicked in and Sanders unresponsive with a severe gunshot wound to his leg.

Sanders died not long after being transported to a local hospital. Two men allegedly told police they drove James to Sanders’ house after the fight at the club.

“Both witnesses said that they could not control James and subsequently left him at the residence,” the affidavit states.

One of the witnesses reported that James told him, “I messed up,” during a phone conversation after the shooting.

James is being held in the Bowie County jail. Bail is set at $1 million. James’ case has been assigned to 5th District Judge Bill Miller.

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