Investigators says Carlton Ray Champion Jr., 21, is charged in the death of Ty Underwood, 24, whom police said Champion was briefly involved with in a romantic relationship.
Underwood was found shot to death inside a wrecked vehicle in the early morning hours of January 26.
Witnesses told police the vehicle had struck a telephone pole and then gunshots were heard.
During the investigation, officers learned Champion was expecting sexual favors from Underwood that morning and found out she was transgender, reported KYTX-TV.
Police have ruled out the possibility that Underwood’s killing was a hate crime because she and Champion had been in a relationship.
Champion is in the Gregg County jail being held on a one million dollar bond.