Suspect arrested in connection to a Texas murder

Police arrested a man in connection to the death of a 31-year-old after the victim’s mother received final text messages from what she believed was her son, but may have actually been from his murderer. 

Canton James Echols, 33, was arrested and charged on Monday with the murder of Blake Reddock after the victim was found unresponsive on Herschel McCoy Road.

Police said they found Reddock stabbed multiple times around 7pm on Saturday – and his black pickup truck on fire nearby.

Reddock was allegedly messaging Dee Dee Eaves, his mother, minutes before he died and said he would be giving a ride to a hitchhiker in exchange for money. 

‘I’m giving a guy a ride,’ Reddock sent in a text to Eaves around 4.19pm on Saturday. ‘He was walking [and] he gave me gas [money].’ 

Harrison County Sheriff Brandon Fletcher later said the message might not have been from Reddock at all.

‘We believe now that, that post was sent to his mother, from his phone, but not by him.’ 

Fletcher later added, ‘We believe it was sent after he was killed.’

Echols was spotted riding a bike when he was detained by Harrison County Sheriff’s deputies on Monday. 

Blake Reddock, 31, was found stabbed to death on the side of a Texas road after offering a hitchhiker a ride

Blake Reddock, 31, was found stabbed to death on the side of a Texas road after offering a hitchhiker a ride

Canton James Echols, 33, was arrested and charged on Monday with Reddock's arrest

Canton James Echols, 33, was arrested and charged on Monday with Reddock’s arrest

Surveillance footage captured the pair driving together in the black truck pictured above. The truck was later found on fire

Surveillance footage captured the pair driving together in the black truck pictured above. The truck was later found on fire

Reddock was allegedly messaging Dee Dee Eaves, his mother, minutes before he died to let her know he was giving someone a ride. Police now say the messages might have been from his killer

Reddock was allegedly messaging Dee Dee Eaves, his mother, minutes before he died to let her know he was giving someone a ride. Police now say the messages might have been from his killer

Harrison County Sheriff Brandon Fletcher (pictured) said he believes Reddock was already when his last text message was sent to his mother

Harrison County Sheriff Brandon Fletcher (pictured) said he believes Reddock was already when his last text message was sent to his mother 

Surveillance footage from Instacash Pawn shows Echols and Reddock leaving the shop together around 4pm on Saturday. Reddock was at the pawn shop selling items for money to help support his family, according to Eaves.

Additional residential surveillance footage nearby the attack found Reddock and Echols driving together down a road.

‘That surveillance system shows Blake Reddock’s vehicle going by with two occupants in it… and coming back with one,’ Fletcher said while he explained the vehicle was driving at high speed.

About an hour later, Reddock’s truck was found on fire on Oscar Regon Road around 5.30pm, hours before his body was reported at 7.04pm.

Reddock’s body was identified by his tattoos after police found that Eaves posted about his disappearance along with photos of her son.

‘Rolling Blake over to see what his injuries were. It appeared that he had been stabbed several times,’ Fletcher said.

‘We also learned that the vehicle fire, there was enough of the VIN left that they could run the VIN number from that location and it did come back to Blake Reddock.’

The motivation for the crime hasn’t been released.

Reddock's body was identified by his tattoos. Police used photos his mother posted on Facebook of him as clues

Reddock’s body was identified by his tattoos. Police used photos his mother posted on Facebook of him as clues 

Eaves desperately posted her last text messages with Reddock on Saturday before he stopped responding to her.

Reddock took off to run errands around 3.13pm. His alleged last text was at 4.19pm when he told Eaves about giving a ride to the hitchhiker.

Half an hour later, Eaves messaged her son to check up on him but was met will silence.

‘You good?’ she texted Reddock.

She later added in a string of texts, ‘Please call me before I have the law looking for you. I need to hear from you asap. Five minutes max and I’m calling the police.

‘Ok, I’m calling the police now. You’re not answering so something is wrong. Ok, everyone is looking for you know.’

Reddock texted his mother minutes before he was killed

Reddock let his mother know he would be giving someone a ride

Dee Dee Eaves, Reddock’s mother, became concerned after her son failed to respond to multiple messages

Within half an hour of not responding, Eaves called police to inform them her son was in danger

Within half an hour of not responding, Eaves called police to inform them her son was in danger

Pictured: Reddock and Eaves. The worried mother posted about her son's disappearance shortly after he failed to respond to her multiple calls and messages

Pictured: Reddock and Eaves. The worried mother posted about her son’s disappearance shortly after he failed to respond to her multiple calls and messages

Days later, Eaves posted on Facebook about her son’s death on September 11. 

‘My Son has been identified,’ Eaves wrote. ‘My son was not on drugs and my son was my entire world. He was a great soul and his kindness cost him. 

She added: ‘My son died being a good man.’

Eaves speculated her son got into an argument with his killer before he stabbed. She claimed Reddock didn’t know Echols.

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