Waxahachie man arrested, accused of killing Fort Worth woman

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FORT WORTH -- DNA evidence and a hubcap helped link a 34-year-old Waxahachie man to the slaying of a Fort Worth woman found dead in an alley last year, court documents state.

Rusty Allen Tyler was arrested Wednesday at his mother's Waxahachie home on a murder warrant accusing him of intentionally running over and killing Kelly Farmer, 39. He was released Thursday from the Mansfield jail after posting a $35,000 bond.

Farmer, described by police as a prostitute who lived and worked along the Lancaster Avenue corridor, was found dead in an alley off the 2900 block of East Lancaster on the morning of March 3, 2012.

According to a search warrant affidavit, homicide detective E.C. Pate located a hubcap at the scene that appeared to have come from a late 1980s model Oldsmobile. Due to its location, Pate suspected the hubcap may have fallen off the vehicle that had struck Farmer.

DNA profiles obtained from swabs taken from Farmer's body were entered into the Combined DNA Index System. In October, investigators learned that the database had matched the profile to Tyler.

Researching Tyler, Pate learned that Tyler had owned a 1989 Oldsmobile since 2010 and that that particular model's hubcaps were similar to the one found at the crime scene.

Pate then learned from Tyler's probation officer that Tyler had reportedly sold his Oldsmobile to a co-worker.

Police were later able to locate the car and impounded it for possible evidence.

Homicide Sgt. Cheryl Johnson would not speculate on whether investigators believe Tyler had picked up Farmer seeking sex, saying only, "We have no indication that he knew the victim prior to this incident."

Tyler and family members did not return messages seeking comment Friday. It was unclear Friday whether he's obtained an attorney.

State records show Tyler was sentenced in 2010 to one year incarceration and five years probation for possessing a controlled substance. In 2003 in Tarrant County, he was sentenced to labor detail after pleading guilty to assaulting a woman by striking her with a radio or boom box, court records show.

Tarrant County court records show Farmer had a number of drug and prostitution convictions dating back to 1995 and had been last handled in the court system in December 2010 when she was sentenced to one year in state jail for prostitution with three prior convictions.

Comments Farmer made on her Facebook page, however, indicate that she had been in rehab and was taking classes in hopes of becoming a hairdresser.

Deanna Boyd, (817) 390-7655

Twitter: @deannaboyd

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