Saratoga man charged with murder for Nov. 2 shooting

A 71-year-old Saratoga man, Gerald Wayne Tomlinson, is formally charged with Murder for a Nov. 2 shooting that claimed the life of a 37-year-old Batson man, Charlie Wayne Daniel, Jr., and injured Jacklyn Yvonne Sanders, 35.

On the afternoon of Nov. 2, around 3:30 p.m., Hardin County sheriff’s deputies responded to the 13000 block of Tomlinson and discovered the body of Daniel, who had died from a gunshot wound. At a nearby business, they found Sanders, who suffered a gunshot wound.

Sanders was airlifted to a local hospital and is expected to survive her injuries, authorities say.

In addition to the murder charge, Tomlinson is charged with Aggravated Assault. His bonds are set at $475,000 for the murder charge and $150,000 for the Aggravated Assault charge.

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Before creating Bluebonnet News in 2018, Vanesa Brashier was a community editor for the Houston Chronicle/Houston Community Newspapers. During part of her 12 years at the newspapers, she was assigned as the digital editor and managing editor for the Humble Observer, Kingwood Observer, East Montgomery County Observer and the Lake Houston Observer, and the editor of the Dayton News, Cleveland Advocate and Eastex Advocate. Over the years, she has earned more than two dozen writing awards, including Journalist of the Year.

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