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Calvert affidavit: "he thought she was trying to set him up"

Friday, November 2, 2012 - 8:25pm

Judge Jack Skeen of the Smith County 241st District Court has released the arrest warrant affidavit in the case of James W. Calvert.

In the affidavit, Tyler Police Officer Kenneth Gardner gives his sworn account of the tragic events that unfolded on Wednesday's murder-kidnapping.

On October 31, at 12:15 p.m., Gardner states he was contacted by Sgt. Billy Yates to respond to a reported shooting at 3315 Bain in Tyler. When he arrived, he noticed a door leading to the carport had been forced open. A woman was also lying "in the doorway with half of her body inside of the residence and half of her body in the carport. There were also several shell casings from a firearm on the floor near the body." The woman, "who was later identified as Jelena Calvert Sriraman was deceased from apparent gunshot wounds, and there was blood around her head."

The officer then spoke to two witnesses who had heard the gunshots and saw the suspect leave in a vehicle. The first person told authorities she saw a white man leave the carport, child in his arms, and leave in a light blue car. The second witness reported a similar story.

During follow up investigations, officers learned a woman had visited with Sriraman minutes before she was shot after receiving a call from her ex-husband. The witness told police "James Calvert has another ex-wife, [name removed], and she was in the process of having him served with court papers. James Calvert was upset with Jelena Calvert Sriraman because he believed that Jelena Calvert Sriraman was trying to help [name removed], and he thought she was trying to set him up to be served with the court papers."

Sriraman had planned to pick up her daughter from nearby Andy Woods Elementary and leave the house before he came by to try and get the kids.

After authorities dug up James Calvert's license plate number, they were able to pull a photo of his vehicle and confirm it as the one at the crime scene.

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