Suspect arrested in beating death of hairdresser

Reginald Eaglin, 53, is charged with murder

January 23, 2012 12:59:24 PM PST
A suspect has been arrested in the beating death of a hairdresser in the Montrose area.

Reginald Eaglin, 53, is charged with murder in the 263rd State District Court. Police say at about 10:30am on January 20, Eaglin stated he and Scott Ellis Childress got into an argument at Childress' salon on Welch when Childress picked up a pipe wrench and attempted to assault him with it. Eaglin told police the two struggled over the weapon and he assaulted Childress with it in self defense.

Childress, 46, suffered head trauma and died at the scene.

Prosecutors say Childress had tried to evict Eaglin which lead to the argument.

Following further investigation, Eaglin was taken into custody and a charge of murder was filed against him.

Eaglin has two prior theft convictions, one in 1991 and one in 1998.