2 men jailed for kidnapping

Frightening incident tied to murder of Onalaska woman

By Valerie Reddell

WOODVILLE — Two men were arrested on charges of aggravated kidnapped charges Sunday for their alleged role in “tying up loose ends” in the aftermath of a brutal murder in Hillister.

An alert motorist called the Tyler County Sheriff’s office at about 8:30 a.m. Sunday, Dec. 23 as she drove on FM 1943 near Fred.

The caller said she saw the door of a passenger car driving in front of her open and a female passenger attempt to exit the moving vehicle. The caller reported that the occupants of the vehicle were engaged in an altercation.

The car eventually came to a stop on the shoulder of the highway and the caller stopped also.

The female passenger exited from the car and ran toward the caller’s vehicle.

As she entered the car, she screamed “they are trying to kill me,” according to a statement released Wednesday by Tyler County Sheriff Bryan Weatherford.

The victim told deputies that two men who were known to her picked her up at her home in Warren, in what started as a friendly encounter.

“As they traveled down FM 1943 toward Fred, the men told the victim they were working on behalf of Christopher Paulette, and they were ‘tying up loose ends’,” Weatherford said.

Deputies obtained arrest warrants for Wesley Harris, 21, of Corrigan and Colton McInnis, 19, of Silsbee for aggravated kidnapping.

ATF agents later located the suspect’s unoccupied vehicle and additional evidence, reports show.

Harris and McInnis were arrested Dec. 30. Judge Milton Powers set bond for both men at $500,000 each. They remain in custody at the Tyler County Jail.

Christopher Paulette remains in the Tyler County Jail in connection with a capital murder charge filed Dec. 21. Bond has been denied.

Contact Valerie Reddell by email at newsdirector@polkcountypublishing.com or call (936) 327-4357, Ext. 1013.