Henderson County man arrested in girlfriend's death

Published on Monday, 4 August 2014 11:50 - Written by KENNETH DEAN, kdean@tylerpaper.com

PAYNE SPRINGS - A man who reported his girlfriend dead has been arrested for her death after an autopsy debunked his claims the woman took her own life over the weekend.

Henderson County Sheriff Ray Nutt said deputies were dispatched to a location in Payne Springs at 7050 Porthville Drive on Saturday at 4:30 a.m. after Clyde Jason Tennison, 50, reported finding his 47-year-old girlfriend Deborah Denise Allen dead inside the residence.

"Tennison suggested that Allen's death was a suicide," he said.

Nutt said several from his investigative unit, along with Texas Ranger Michael Adcock, were also sent to the scene to investigate the death.

"During the course of the investigation, evidence suggested that Allen's death was not consistent with suicide," Nutt said.

The sheriff said the woman's body was sent to Southwest Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas for an autopsy and the results of that autopsy showed the woman suffered blunt force trauma, lacerations, and stab wounds to her face and neck area that were inconsistent with a suicide.

Nutt said Tennison was arrested and charged with Ms. Allen's death and is currently being held in the Henderson County Jail on a $1 million bond.