Suspect Detained in Washington County Death

By: Joe Brown Email
By: Joe Brown Email

A Washington County woman is being questioned after a body was discovered in the yard of a church.

Tyronza Powell, 28, is being detained, but has not yet been charged in the death of Sharan Byrd, 40. Powell voluntarily surrendered to authorities early Wednesday morning after Byrd's body was found Tuesday night on the grounds of St. Matthew Baptist Church in Washington.

Byrd suffered at least one gunshot wound, but there has been no ruling on her official cause of death. Her body has been sent to Austin for an autopsy.


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