Ricky James Jack was scheduled to be let out of prison Thursday after serving time on some theft charges, but there was this other matter about some DNA evidence.
Jack was charged Tuesday with capital murder in connection with the sexual assault and slaying of Ella Sterling, whose partially clothed body was found June 20, 2005, in brush behind a Fort Worth convenience store. The arrest came after cold case investigator Sarah Jane Waters identified clothing that could be screened for evidence using current forensic testing.
And that’s not the only case made recently by Waters using DNA evidence.
The second cold case is nearly 30 years old, to the day.
On March 13, 1983, popular Fort Worth pawn shop owner Melvin Lavine was shot to death during a home invasion robbery.
But now, three decades later, police have obtained an arrest warrant for a 48-year-old county jail inmate in Abilene who investigators say has been linked through DNA to the crime scene.
Benjamin W. Bewley, who is in the Taylor County Jail on charges of felony driving while intoxicated and parole violation, now faces a charge of capital murder on accusations that he fatally shot Lavine.
The break came after Waters submitted evidence from the back door of Lavine’s home. A DNA profile was developed and it pointed to Bewley.
Homicide detectives on Thursday arrested an Arlington man accused in the slaying of a 30-year-old man in 2011.
Anthony "Toro" Levandoski, 28, (shown here) was arrested without incident at a Grand Prairie business, according to a news release.
Levandoski is accused of shooting Jaime Perez Ramos, whose body was found Jan. 5, 2011, inside a house in the 1500 block of Biggs Circle. The neighborhood is on Arlington’s east side, southeast of the intersection of South Collins Street and East Pioneer Parkway.
Ramos had been staying at the home with his girlfriend, said Tiara Ellis Richard, Arlington police spokeswoman.
They had argued three days before his body was found, and Ramos reportedly fired a gun, but no one was hurt, Richard said
"Afterward, the girlfriend left the house to go to the home of another man, who was an ex-boyfriend," Richard said. "Levandoski, the suspect in custody, is a friend of the ex-boyfriend and is believed to have shot Mr. Ramos in retaliation."
Levandoski remained in the Arlington City Jail on Friday. He faces a murder charge, and bail was $1 million, according to jail records.
Police aren't saying much about a woman who was found dead in rural North Texas nearly three years after she was reported missing, The Associated Press has reported.
Authorities in Wichita Falls continue to investigate the death of Danielle Hill Alvarado, whose body was found last week. Wichita Falls police now consider the 27-year-old Alvarado's death to be a homicide.
Police Chief Manuel Borrego tells the Wichita Falls Times Record News that he can't say how Alvarado was injured or may have died. He also declined to name any suspects.
Alvarado's body was found in a shallow grave near a park in a remote area. It has been exhumed and sent to the Tarrant County medical examiner in Fort Worth, according to the AP.
A Granbury man hopes at last to see justice. Seventeen years ago, his daughter disappeared in Florida after winning a contentious custody battle. Police suspected her ex-husband, but couldn't prove it, the Orlando Sentinel reports. Now, a jury has indicted the ex-husband of Lynne Friend for first degree murder. "This is great news," her father, Ben Allen, told the newspaper. On the night she disappeared, a federal agent saw ex-husband Clifford Friend and a companion throw something from a boat into the ocean off of Miami Beach. Her body was never found. Allen, who is 80, said he had urged his daughter to leave Florida after the custody hearing, worried about what her ex-husband might do. - Lois Norder
A 76-year-old woman accused of murdering her husband in 1970 by pouring hot grease on him will not be prosecuted, a judge has ruled. The woman had been arrested in Georgia for the Houston murder. But the judge too much time had elapsed between the woman's indictment and arrest, the Houston Chronicle reports. The woman, Mary Ann Rivera, had been living under her own name when authorities found her.
Meanwhile, Houston authorities have made another cold case arrest - a man accused of fatally shooting a co-worker in a Houston nightclub 30 years ago. A Montana TV station reports that the arrest of David Gonzales, 63, has shocked the town, which knew him as a kindly grandfather type.
A 76-year-old former Texas woman has been arrested in Georgia, accusing of killing her husband by pouring hot grease pm jo,. The slaying was in 1970, and the woman had been arrested shortly afterward but fled with her children. A cold case team in Houston targeted the woman and tracked her down, according to a TV report. She's now in jail after being extradited back to Texas Oct. 14, the station reports.
Beddie Walraven left Texas for California in 1942, but was reported missing in 1946, when her family couldn't locate her. Her disappearance has been a mystery since then. Now, 65 years later, her remains have been identified. Authorities located two of her relatives in Texas, and using DNA matched bones found scattered in the Mohave Desert in 1971. In 1975, a suspect told police he had murdered her, but the Los Angeles Times reports that he is dead.