Murder Arrest Update

Following the arrest of Tommy Lyles on September 29th 2020, homicide detectives continued to investigate the murder he was charged with and discovered evidence and witnesses that exonerated him. Working with updated evidence and with the assistance of numerous members of the community that came forward Detectives were able to identify  59 year old Eric D. Tate M/B/59 DOB 05-06-1961 as the person who shot and killed James Hines on September 22nd.

The charges against Tommy Lyles were immediately dismissed and Lyles was released from custody following the discovery of this additional information. 

After additional investigation and surveillance, detectives with the Homicide Unit, Vice & Narc  Unit and Gang & Violent Crimes Unit were able to locate and arrest Eric Tate at approximately 5:00 PM. He was located at the Sunoco gas station at US 30 and 469 and he was taken into custody without incident.

Tate has been booked into the Allen County Jail and charged with the murder of James Hines.