Dallas police are preparing paperwork to charge Christoper (aka Christian) Colbert with murder in connection with the death of Ronald Shumway, according to a Tweet posted today (Monday, March 14) by WFAA News 8′s Tanya Eiserer.
Dallas police have not yet confirmed the report, telling Dallas Voice, “All the information we have regarding Christopher Colbert has been released on our blog. If and when more information becomes available, that information will be distributed according and when appropriate to do so.”
Colbert already faces charges of tampering with a governmental record, securing execution of a document by deception and money laundering stemming from last June when he represented himself as Shumway during the sale of Shumway’s home, an Oak Cliff duplex. Shumway had lived in on unit of the duplex and had rented the other unit to Colbert.
Shumway was last seen in April 2015. He apparently resigned his long-time job as a bus driver with DART by email that month, and was believed, based on posts to his Facebook page, to have moved to Austin to live with a boyfriend he had met online. Police began looking for Shumway in September after the new owner of the duplex found human remains wrapped in plastic and buried beneath a slab of concrete in the backyard. When the remains were identified as Shumway last month through DNA testing, the investigation turned toward Colbert.
Colbert was arrested in California earlier this month after a tip from someone who read about the case in Dallas Voice.