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Nephew Charged in Uncle's Beating Death

By Natalie Potts
By npotts@wbbjtv.com

JACKSON, Tenn.- Jackson Police charged one man with Second-Degree murder and tampering with evidence connected to the beating death of his uncle, Sunday.

Police arrested Travis Brint, 36, for the murder of his uncle Lofel Bonds, 71, after Bonds was found beaten to death inside of an out building behind Brint's house. Investigators and an assistant medical examiner were called to the scene, Bonds' death was determined to be a homicide from blunt force injuries. Investigators said there were obvious signs of a struggle.

"We could tell that he had suffered a violent death just from the crime scene," Capt. Tyreece Miller said, Jackson Police Department. "He had trauma to his body that would indicate he had been struck with something."

Officers said the evidence showed Bonds had been beaten to death with a lamp and a stick around 11 a.m., Saturday. Police said Brint killed Bonds during an argument then waited several hours before calling police to the crime scene. Investigators said around 5:15 p.m. Brint called police for help and told officers that he had found his uncle deceased. Police said Brint grabbed a piece of evidence and then tried to run away as officers were questioning him.

"Just being thorough in our investigation we felt like we needed to look inside of the house and Mr. Brint gave us consent to come in and look around," Capt. Miller said. "While we were in there apparently he had forgotten he had brought in a piece of the broken lamp into the house with him so while we were inside talking to him he picked up that part of the lamp and ran out of the house where he was apprehended by officers outside."

Family friends said the victim was a well-known community character who loved making people smile.

"He would keep me and the customers laughing all the time he was very bubbly and funny everybody around here knew him and knew he wouldn't hurt nobody," friend Derick Fuller said.

Brint is charged with second-degree murder and tampering with evidence. He is currently being held at the Madison County Jail. According to Capt. Miller this case is the City of Jackson's 8th homicide for 2013. It is also the second Domestic Violence-related murder this year.

Officers are encouraging anyone experiencing any form of domestic violence to seek help by calling Jackson Police at (731) 425-8400.