The arrest warrant issued for Christopher Harrell has provided new information into the investigation surrounding his alleged killing of Michael Lindsey, the Sherman man who authorities found dead inside a Denison home last week.
Harrell, 55 is charged with the murder of Lindsey, 56, whose decomposing body was discovered inside a home in the 1500 block Of West Gandy Street on Sunday. The document indicates Lindsey sustained two gunshots to the chest and blunt force trauma injuries. Lindsey’s body was sent to the Dallas County Medical Examiners office for an autopsy.
“They’ll wrap up their investigation in the next week to ten days,” Grayson County District Attorney Joe Brown said of the Denison Police Department. “They’ll forward it to us and we will forward it to a grand jury for consideration.”
Lindsey was first reported as a missing person to the Sherman Police Department on Sept. 30, after he failed to show up for work three days in a row and could not be contacted by his daughter, Natasha Lindsey. After taking information from Lindsey’s daughter, Sherman Police were able to identify and locate Lindsey’s red pickup in Sherman later that day. An officer made contact with the driver of the truck, who identified himself as Lindsey and produced Lindsey’s driver’s license. The officer initially believed the man’s story and let him go.
After speaking with Natasha Lindsey and reviewing the officer’s body camera footage, Sherman Police determined it was Harrell who was driving Lindsey’s vehicle at the time of the stop. Following the discovery, Sherman PD issued an arrest warrant for Harrell on a charge of fraudulent identification.
The next day, Oct. 1, authorities in Mt. Pleasant located Harrell at a hotel where he was interviewed and taken into custody. During his interview, Harrell told police that he had been watching over the home of his employer while she was away on vacation and that several people had come over to the residence on the night of September 27 to smoke methamphetamine and drink alcohol. Harrell initially told investigators he had sex with a woman that night and the two remained in his room, but he later changed his story and said he was in the room by himself for several hours, smoking meth and watching TV.
“Harrell stated he went to sleep around the time the sun was coming up on Thursday 09-28-2017,” the warrant says. “Harrell indicated that when he woke up, he found Lindsey dead in the downstairs bathroom, near the pool table.”
According to the warrant, Harrell told investigators he didn’t touch the body but placed a shower curtain over it because it was “ugly” and bloody. The document said Harrell then packed his belongings and left the residence.
Harrell admitted to lying about his identity to the Sherman Police officer who stopped him because “he felt he was involved with Lindsey’s death.” Harrell also admitted to using Lindsey’s debit card after he died because he needed money and that he was in possession of a .22-caliber handgun that was owned by his employer and kept at her home.
Following Harrell’s statements, Sherman and Denison police went to the home where he had been staying. Officers made contact with the homeowner who had returned from her vacation on Sept. 28 — the same day Harrell said he found Lindsey’s body. The homeowner consented to a search of the property and within minutes, officers located Lindsey’s body.
The homeowner declined to speak with the Herald Democrat.
According to the warrant, a search of the scene “yielded three spent. 22-caliber shell casings” two of which were found in the shower and another under the bed in an adjacent room. In that room, investigators found that the sheets had been removed from the bed and that one of the pillows displayed a “bullet defect and gunshot powder ring.” The warrant also stated that “the scene may have been cleaned and the walls painted.”
Brown said because the Denison Police Department had not yet completed its investigation, he could not speak much about the case or the evidence. But Brown expressed confidence that Harrell would stand trial for his alleged killing.
“I would anticipate the grand jury returning an indictment for murder,” Brown said. “He (Harrell) will remain in jail if he can’t make bond and cases go to trial more quickly if the person stays in jail. If he’s able to make bond, we will push as fast as we can to get it to trial.”
Harrell’s criminal record extends back to 1980, with a list of offenses that includes burglary, unlawful carrying of a weapon, assault and aggravated assault. He remains in the County Jail on a $1 million bond.