Hopkins County Deputies arrested two teenagers in connection with the recent vandalism at a church and the Weaver Cemetery. They charged 17-year-old Canyon Ray Davis with Criminal Mischief at a Place of Worship and Tampering with Evidence. His bond was set at $40,000. They charged 18-year-old Johnny Lyle Bench with Tampering with Evidence. His bond was set at $25,000.
Statement From Hopkins County Sheriff Lewis Tatum
On June 7, 2018, investigators received leads from members of the community that have also been working vigilantly trying to solve the destruction of the Weaver Cemetery.
Investigators along with Deputies have arrested Canyon Ray Davis, w/m, 1-11-2001, for Tampering with Evidence, and Criminal Mischief.
Also arrested was a Johnny Bench, w/m, 10-3-1999, and he was charged with Tampering with evidence.
After meeting with the prosecutors there may be more charge s coming, along with other arrests.
The tampering with evidence charge stems from the Defendants throwing an item taken from the cemetery into a local pond after they learned authorities were looking for the item.
The criminal mischief charge is stemming from windows being busted out of a church in the Pickton area a week prior.
Along with numerous mailboxes in the area.
The charges for the destruction of the grave markers will be pending after meeting with the District attorney’s office.
Sheriff Tatum would like to personally thank the Weaver coalition for their hard work, Chief investigator Corley Weatherford. Investigator Dennis Findley, Investigator Wade Sheets, along With Saltillo ISD Police chief Dustin Ray, and the patrol division.