July 24, 2014
The preliminary hearing for Garland Paul Allen, 49, of Altus, was held Tuesday in Jackson County District Court. He has been charged with 2nd degree murder. Allen was ordered to stand trial for the 2001 murder of his ex-wife Tracy Lynn Allen who went missing in May 2001. His formal arraignment has been scheduled for 9 a.m. on Tuesday, Sept. 2 in District Judge Richard Darby’s courtroom.
Garland Paul Allen was bound over for trial after hearing sworn testimony from two witnesses called by the state.
The murder case came into spotlight after investigators with the TNT television series “Cold Justice” began working with investigators with the Altus Police Department. Allen, a former Altus resident, had been on the run from authorities and was found to be living in Hillsboro, Texas. He arrested in Wise County, Texas in December 2013. After being extradited back to Jackson County, he led authorities to nearby Tom Steed Reservoir where the remains of his wife’s body were found in a shallow grave near the north shore. “They were scraping the soil layer-by-layer,” said Altus Police ChiefMurphy. The body was said to have been buried in some type of sleeping bag just a few feet from the surface.
Allen has been held in the Jackson County Jail in lieu of $250,000 bond since his arrest.
According to earlier reports, in May 2001, the suspect’s mother told police that her son, Garland Paul Allen, showed up at her front door with the couple’s two children. He told his mother that Tracy had run off with another man.
Records show that the couple had a “rocky” relationship and that police were called to many domestic disturbances and custody issues involving their two children. In September 2000, the couple divorced and Tracy and her two children began living on their own.
On or about May 2001, investigators believe Garland Allen killed Tracy Allen by striking her in the head and about the body with a rifle. He then disposed of her body by concealing her in a piece of carpet and burying her body at an unknown location.
Altus police detectives, Bill Perkins, and Rusty Williams, working with former Harris County Texas Prosecutor Kelly Siegler, former Las Vegas crime scene investigator Yolanda McClary and Ret. Houston homicide detective Allen Brown of the T.V. series “Cold Justice”, brought this investigation to a close.