On the morning March 27, 2003, Charles Langston was murdered in cold blood inside the offices of his business, Charlie Langston Logging in Cleveland Texas and for 18 years the case has gone unsolved.
Charlie Langston Logging was located in a little white building at 702 FM 2025 or Coldspring Road directly across from where now stands a Love’s Travel Stop.
Langston worked alone in a building and it was reported he carried a briefcase with cash he used to reimburse loggers. During an apparent robbery, Langston was shot multiple times. The body of Darrion Ray Randles of Coldspring was also found at the scene. According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, Randles was suspected to have been one of multiple actors who participated in the offense.
The robbers then stole an antique 45 pistol and Langston’s truck. The truck was later discovered abandoned, but the suspects were nowhere to be found. The stolen firearm was entered into the stolen article databases but has yet to be recovered.
Only weeks prior to his murder, Langston had been inducted into Texas Field Archery Hall of Fame and was well known as an accomplished archer. Langston won 1 World Championship, 8 National Championships, 8 Texas State Championships, 14 Southern Sectional Championships, 1 California State Championship, 2 Florida State Championships, 1 Louisiana State Championship, 3 Southeast Sectional Championships and 3 Fresno Safari Championships. He held numerous records and some have yet to be broken. To this day he holds the TFAA Outdoor Records for Hunter Freestyle Limited, Bowhunter Freestyle Limited, Hunter Bowhunter Freestyle Limited and Field Bowhunter Freestyle Limited all which he set in the 198os.
Captain James Primeaux of the Cleveland Police Department Criminal Investigation Division is asking for any information on this case and hopes social media may lead to new information. He can be reached at (281)592-1185.
• Anyone with any information about anything they know, saw or have heard about this offense.
• Anyone who may have seen a maroon Chevrolet Malibu with chrome wheels parked near or at or driving by the business.
• Anyone who may have seen males outside the business that morning leaving in a vehicle.
Texas Crime Stoppers is offering a cash reward of up to $3,000 to any person who provides informationthat leads to the arrest of the person/persons responsible forthis crime. To be eligible for the cash rewards, tipsters MUST call the Crime Stoppers hotline at 1-800-252-T1PS (8477). All tips are anonymous. Tipsters will be provided a tip number instead of using a name.
Information on this case may also be submitted in the following manner:
Submit a Tip Online thru the Texas Rangers’ Cold Case website
Contact us by telephone at 1-800-346-3243. Your information will be forwarded to the Texas Ranger assigned to this case.