Angela Bynum, 32, was found dead about 3:30 a.m. Sunday by officers who went to her apartment in the 2300 block of North Texas 360 after a friend called and was concerned that she hadn’t shown up for work.
Bynum’s body had multiple stab wounds, according to the affidavit for the arrest warrant used for her estranged boyfriend, 38-year-old Larry Fikes, of Arlington.
Fikes (shown here) was arrested Thursday by Grand Prairie police with help from U.S. Deputy Marshals. He was still in the Grand Prairie jail Friday night facing a charge of murder. Bail was set at $1 million.
When detectives entered the apartment, they found "a bloody knife handle with a broken blade," according to the affidavit.
The document also stated that "a metallic object consistent with a broken knife blade could be seen inside the victim’s body."
Fikes was named a "person of interest" in the case and detectives got a search warrant to collect his DNA. They also noticed that he had "cuts on his right thumb, index finger, and abrasions on his right hand knuckles," the affidavit stated.
Forensic tests later showed that blood on the knife handle was from both Bynum and Fikes, according to the document.
Officers learned that Bynum had a 13-month-old son, who was not found in the apartment. A short time later, the son was found with his Fikes. The child has been placed with grandparents, police said.
— Bill Miller