Cherokee County Sheriff’s Department officials discovered a body and a suspected explosive device Sunday at the home of Paul Michael Horton, 42, of Jacksonville.

Officers responded to a deceased person call at Horton’s home on CR 3111, where they discovered the body of Christine McIntosh, 52, of Palestine.

Pct. 3 Justice of the Peace James Morris pronounced McIntosh dead at the scene, and McIntosh’s body was transported to the Southwestern Institute of Forensic Sciences in Dallas for autopsy. At this time, the case is not ruled as a homicide.

But upon continuing the investigation into McIntosh’s death, CCSD officials executed a search warrant at the Horton residence, where they found and seized a suspected explosive device and multiple components of suspected explosive devices.

Horton was charged with possession of a prohibited weapon (explosive device) and possession of components of explosives. Both charges are third-degree felonies.

Horton’s bond was set at $42,000by Pct. 1 Justice of the Peace Brenda Dominy. The Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms, Tyler Division assisted in the investigation.

At this time, CCSD investigators stated that they do not believe McIntosh’s death and the presence of the explosive devices are related, however the case continues to be investigated.

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