Vidor man arrested for murder out on bond

James Derrick McGlothlin

A Vidor man accused of murder is out on bond after being arrested in relation to the shooting death of 51-year-old Christopher Eric Sharpe, also of Vidor, reports the Orange County Sheriff’s Office (OCSO). According to investigators, Sharpe was shot and killed just days before Christmas at a Vidor residence belonging to the suspected shooter, identified by deputies as 31-year-old James Derrick McGlothlin.

OCSO’s initial report of the incident indicates deputies responded to the 1100 block of Liberty in Vidor on Dec. 19 at about 10 p.m. in reference to the shooting. When they arrived at the residence, they found Sharpe inside deceased with an apparent gunshot wound “to the upper portion of his body.”

No arrests were immediately made following the shooting, but Criminal Investigator Janois Strause Grizzaffi reported that witnesses placed “a male subject,” later identified as McGlothlin, inside the residence at the time Sharpe was shot. McGlothlin was questioned but released at the time.

As investigators looked into events leading to the shooting and began to put together the pieces of the puzzling case, they gleaned information that led them to believe Sharpe and McGlothlin had a disagreement that led to the shooting. Deputies presented their evidence to a judge who signed off on the murder warrant for McGlothlin’s arrest. OCSO issued an update Dec. 22, stating they were searching for McGlothlin on the murder warrant and requesting the public’s assistance in finding the elusive suspect. He surrendered to OCSO later the same day.

McGlothlin was booked into the Orange County Jail Dec. 22, but was soon free on bond. According to deputies, he was released the very next day, Dec. 23. But, that does not mean he is off the hook. If he is indicted and convicted of murder, a first-degree felony, he could find himself behind bars for much longer as he faces from five to 99 years in prison.