Police said Travis Montrell Brint was indicted on charges of second-degree murder and tampering with evidence in the October 2013 murder of his uncle, Lofel Bonds.
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.
Brint remained held on a $250,0000 bond at the Madison County Jail. He is scheduled to be arraigned on May 5 in Madison County Circuit Court.
Officers were called at 5:11p.m. on Oct. 26 to 704 Whitehall Street in regard to a person being found dead, according to the release and an affidavit of complaint.
Brint led police to Bonds’ body, which was located in a outbuilding behind the house, the affidavit said. After JPD’s Major Crimes Bureau investigators and Eric Eckencamp, an assistant medical examiner, were called to the scene, Bonds’ death was determined to be a homicide from blunt force injuries.
The affidavit sad Brint told police that he discovered his uncle dead in the outbuilding and called police. Brint lived in the house with his mother, while Bonds lived behind the house in the outbuilding.
Brint gave investigators consent to search the house and as they did, they saw Brint remove an item and run out the back door, the affidavit said. Brint tried to enter the shed but officers stopped him. Still holding the item, Brint ran through the backyard and as officers chased him, they saw Brint throw the item over a fence.
Brint was captured and taken to JPD’s Criminal Investigation Division office to be interviewed around 9 p.m.
The affidavit said Brint admitted to investigators that he waited until his mother went to work before going to the outbuilding to confront his uncle. During the confrontation, Brint said he and his uncle began to fight around 11 a.m. and he hit his uncle with a stick and a lamp.
Brint also said he 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 his uncle’s fatal 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 alert officers to his involvement in his uncle’s murder.