Two area men were charged with capital murder Friday in connection with the shooting of a Schroeder woman.

Cousins Devon Keith Debord, 22, and Christopher Allen Debord, 24, were arrested and charged with the fatal shooting of Margaret Ellen Tucker, 62, according to a news release issued Saturday by the Goliad County Sheriff’s Office.

Goliad County deputies found Tucker dead in her home Sept. 22 after she failed to respond to her mother’s attempts to rouse her. An autopsy revealed she had been shot with a small-caliber weapon, according to the news release.

After Tucker was found, a team of Goliad County sheriff’s deputies, led by Sgt. Donna Starry, investigated the woman’s death. Texas Ranger Drew Pilkington and investigators from the Victoria County Sheriff’s Office assisted.

The investigation revealed that the suspects stole a car and a gun in Victoria County before the shooting. Those items were found by Goliad County deputies during their investigation, according to the news release.

Both men were arrested Sept. 22, according to the Goliad County jail log. Christopher Debord was charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle, while Devon Debord was arrested on an out-of-county warrant charging him with tampering with or fabricating physical evidence with intent to impair. Both men have since been charged with capital murder as well. Devon Debord lives in Lavaca County, and Christopher Debord lives in Victoria County, according to the sheriff’s office.

The suspects had their bonds set at $250,000 each Saturday, according to a release from the Goliad County Sheriff’s Office. Judge Susan Moore set the bond amounts. They remain in the Goliad County Jail.

Goliad District Attorney Rob Lassmann said in an email that he was “confident these two murderers will be brought to justice based upon the hard work of Goliad County Sheriff’s Deputy Donna Stary and Texas Ranger Drew Pilkington.”

No further details about the investigation were available Saturday afternoon, according to the news release.

Tucker was remembered by her neighbor Brenda Bleier as a loving and caring friend who idolized her grandchildren.

“Every time I think about it, it just breaks my heart all over again,” Bleier said. “It just is so surreal, you know. You just keep thinking that she’s going to text or call or I’ll see her out on the road when I drive by. Just to know that’s not going to happen is heartbreaking.”

Bleier and her family have known Tucker and her husband, Mark Tucker, for 25 years.

When she thinks about Tucker’s caring nature, Bleier said the first thing that comes to her mind is a time when her daughter and son were kids and had returned home from school early for the day while Bleier, then a teacher in Bloomington, was still at work.

“I got a phone call right after school from my son that said, ‘Kaitlyn got kicked in the face by the horse, and she’s bleeding everywhere,’ and then he hung up the phone,” Bleier said.

Bleier called Tucker as she started the drive back to Schroeder and asked her friend to check on her daughter and drive her to the hospital if necessary.

“Ellen said, ‘Absolutely,’ and she dropped everything they were doing and came straight over,” Bleier said.

Tucker found Bleier’s daughter cheerfully sitting at home with a dish towel covering up the teeth that had been knocked out of her mouth.

“She called me, and it was everything she could (do) not to bust out laughing on the phone,” Bleier said.

Tucker told her friend, “‘I think they’re going to be OK, but you definitely need to see a dentist.”

“She was just so giving,” Bleier said.

Ciara McCarthy covers local health issues for the Victoria Advocate as a Report for America corps member. You can reach her at cmccarthy@vicad.com or at 580-6597 or on Twitter at @mccarthy_ciara.

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Ciara McCarthy covers public health for the Advocate as a Report for America corps member. She reports on insurance, the cost of health care and access to care, local hospitals, and more. Contact: cmccarthy@vicad.com or call 361-580-6597.

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Priscilla Saenz

I can't believe this. I worked with Ellen 13 years ago. I remember so many things about her. She was a wonderful person - kind, considerate, compassionate, hard working, generous, funny and feisty. She headed the Garden Center and knew everything there was to know. She taught me so much and we didn't even work in the same dept. I will always remember her. She will be greatly missed by many, I'm sure. My condolences to her family and loved ones.

Angela Kidd

This is so sad..

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