A manager at John Peter Smith Hospital in Fort Worth is a capital murder suspect accused of killing two young women in a bank parking lot, authorities said Sunday.
Police identified the suspect as Christopher Wall, 33, of Weatherford. He was arrested without incident early Sunday at the home of his parents in Weatherford.
Wall is accused of killing two women whose bodies were found Saturday evening.
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The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office identified the victims as Ashley Pohorence, 23, and Krista McClellan, 21. McClellan died from a gunshot wound to the head while Pohorence was killed with gunshot wounds to the head and neck, according to the medical examiner’s office.
“JPS Health Network team members are deeply saddened by the loss of life that occurred Saturday evening in Willow Park,” JPS spokeswoman J.R. Labbe said in a Sunday email. “Our thoughts and prayers go out to the families and friends of everyone affected by this tragedy.”
Labbe said Wall was placed on unpaid administrative leave pending the outcome of the investigation.
Wall is the director of behavioral health administration at the Fort Worth hospital, a position he has held since July, according to JPS records.
He was hired by the hospital in June 2007 as a nurse in adolescent psychiatry, records show.
Police have not commented on a motive for the killings.
On Saturday evening, a caller told a dispatcher there were two females shot in a parking lot, Police Chief Carrie West said Sunday.
Police found the bodies and a few hours later the 33-year-old Wall was taken into custody in Weatherford, authorities said.
The dispatcher received that call from a male about 6:43 p.m. Saturday.
“We’ve identified that caller and it was not the suspect,” West said.
Officers arrived in the 4100 block of East Interstate 20 in the parking lot of First Financial Bank.
The bodies of the women were found lying in the parking lot near two vehicles, a Mercedes and a Honda, the police chief said.
“There is not connection between the women and the bank,” West said.
West declined to comment on how the women knew each other.
Through the investigation, authorities identified Wall as a suspect in the case. Police went to the Weatherford home of Wall’s parents about 3 a.m. Sunday, and arrested him.
“I’m not prepared to release how he knew the women,” West said Sunday.
Hudson Oaks Police Department, Parker County Sheriff's Office and Texas Rangers assisted in the investigation.
Wall was in the Parker County Jail facing a capital murder charge.
The investigation is still ongoing.
Staff writer Lance Winter contributed to this report.