Matthew Battise of the Alabama Coushatta Tribe of Texas is being held in San Jacinto County Jail.
Murder Suspect Being Held in San Jacinto County Jail, SAN JACINTO COUNTY, April 22, 2016 - The identity of the man who is allegedly responsible for the murder of 28 year old Spencer James Sadler, of Livingston, has been released. Matthew Battise of the Alabama Coushatta Tribe of Texas is being held in San Jacinto County jail without bond. Battise is currently being charged with aggravated assault. On the morning of April 17 the tribe dispatched their police department to a home on the reservation to investigate the alleged murder. A short time later the tribal police called in the FBI.
It is not yet known to PolkCountyToday.com if Polk County District Attorney's will be prosecuting the case.
PolkCountyToday.com first learned of the story when we received the following letter from a family member of Spencer Sadler:
28 year old Spencer James Sadler, of Livingston, was allegedly bludgeoned to death sometime between April 16 and 17 at the Alabama Coushatta Tribe of Texas.
Spencer Sadler was murdered Sunday morning April 17 2016 (brutally beaten to death) on the reservation while attending a party at his best friends home. Two suspects have been arrested in connection with his death. One has confessed to his direct involvement to the beating and the other (his best friend) suspected to be involved in trying to cover up this crime. My concern and reason for this letter is the hush, hush on information being available to the family and the media. Had this been the death of someone of a different race by someone of a different race and not on sovereign land, (White lives matter) this would be all over CNN and all other major news media for days. The family is in complete shock over this event and the way it is being handled by the reservation police. Local Livingston and Polk county authorities have been refused access to the investigation to best of my knowledge. Rumor has it that a federal organization has been called in to investigate the "possibility" of a cover up and all those involved. I am not law enforcement are am I a detective by any measure, but as a family member arriving on the scene I could tell there was something wrong with this picture. I believe that media involvement would bring a lot of answers into the light. The family needs information about this horrific and barbarous act. Names of all those alleged to be directly involved in the slaughter and attempted concealment, along with Charges being brought against same, and all other actions being pursued. Why this happened is not my immediate concern. Who where and How is. Spencer was survived by his six year old daughter of Indian descent,farther, mother, and several brothers and sisters. This execution (let us call it what it was) demands exposure to the world and Spencer deserves a voice. I fully intend to scream his message loud and long until he is heard. Should anything I have written here not be the truth then I would ask that you would enlighten me. Truth is the ultimate foundation knowledge. Spencer WILL be remembered and he WILL be heard. Should you feel this letter is worthy of publication (I hope you would) then this is the first syllable of Spencer's voice. More to come.
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