Youth Sentenced For South Amarillo Double Murder of Father, Girlfriend
A Randall County youth pleaded guilty today to two counts of murder and was sentenced to TDCJ.
On November 7, 2022 police were called out to the Lakeview Mobile Home Park on Canyon Drive. They entered one of the homes and found the bodies of Tyler Knight, 33, and Bethany Mullican, 29. Both were deceased from gunshot wounds.
Later that day police reported that they had taken a family member into custody in connection with the homicide. The individual was later revealed to be the 15-year-old son of Tyler McKnight.
The juvenile had been arrested in White County, Arkansas. He had been found in possession of one of the decedent's vehicles and his father's cell phone. Police had used the cell phone to ping his location. Reports stated that as officials took the youth into custody, he resisted arrest and had to be tased. In his pocket, officers found a loaded .45 pistol.
(Editor's Note: we initially shared details given to us that indicated that Knight had traveled to Arkansas to harm his mother. Regrettably, the information given to us was false; we have retracted the statement and sincerely apologize for the misstatement.)
He was indicted in January this year on a capital murder charge and court papers officially named him as Chris Lee Knight.
Knight appeared in a Randall County District Court on June 23 and pleaded guilty to two separate counts of murder. He was then sentenced to 50 years TDCJ on each charge and was remanded into custody.
He will serve each sentence concurrently.
The parents of Tyler Knight have started a non-profit organization in memory of their son. The Tyler Knight Foundation operates with the mission of assisting family members of troubled youth in navigating the mental health system.