FBI probes murder on A-C reservation

Sadler-Spencer-TNINDIAN VILLAGE - A local man is dead with a suspect in custody after an apparent homicide sometime over the weekend at the Alabama-Coushatta reservation.

According to Polk County Precinct 3 Justice of the Peace Judge Larry Whitworth’s office, Spencer James Sadler, 27, was pronounced dead on Sunday, April 17, at 9:20 a.m.

The Alabama-Coushatta Tribe of Texas confirmed that the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the Alabama-Coushatta Police Department (ACPD) are cooperating in conducting a criminal investigation of a homicide that occurred on the tribe’s reservation.

Though a cause of death has yet to be released, it has been confirmed by ACPD that a suspect is in custody and efforts are ongoing to ensure that due process and justice are served. Due to the sensitive and complex nature of the ongoing criminal investigation by the FBI and ACPD, the tribe was unable to make any further comment.

“The FBI has taken over the investigation because it is on federal land,” Alabama-Coushatta spokesman Carlos Bullock said. “We haven’t had a violent crime like this in over 30 years.”

Funeral services for Sadler will be held at 10 a.m. on Saturday at Central Baptist Church in Livingston. Visitation will be held from 5-9 p.m. on Friday at Pace Funeral Home in Livingston.