Ex-boyfriend arrested in 3 Fort Worth killings

06/04/2014 8:43 AM

06/04/2014 9:12 PM

Hours after his ex-girlfriend, her mother and her aunt were found slain inside their south Fort Worth home, Cedric D. McGinnis Jr. posted about the ex-girlfriend’s death on his Facebook page.

“R.I.P April Marie Serrano mane. Its always the innocent ones that get [expletive] over. Gone but never forgotten,” it read, ending with “#lovetothefamily #lovetoher.”

By night’s end, McGinnis was questioned by homicide detectives, eventually confessing to the triple slaying and directing investigators to evidence, police said Wednesday.

He was in the Mansfield Jail on Wednesday with bail set at $1.25 million. He faces a capital murder charge.

The bodies of April Serrano; her mother, Cynthia Serrano; and her aunt Kathy DeLeon were discovered by Cynthia Serrano’s husband when he arrived home Tuesday morning after working a night shift.

“They killed my family!” James Serrano reportedly screamed in a 911 call placed shortly after 8 a.m.

April Serrano, 21, was found dead on the living room floor, shot in the head.

Kathy DeLeon, 35, was found on the living room couch, also shot in the head.

Cynthia Serrano, 48, was in a bed in the master bedroom, stabbed in the upper torso, according to police.

Thursday, the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office revealed that in addition to her stab wounds, Cynthia Serrano had been shot in the head.

The house is in the 500 block of West Felix Street.

Capital murder warrant

Police Chief Jeffrey Halstead called a news conference Wednesday morning to announce McGinnis’ arrest and to mention another triple homicide that was discovered Monday in west Fort Worth.

Police don’t believe the two cases are related.

Halstead thanked the public for its patience in the Felix Street case and the investigation of the deaths on Sunset Lane.

“I don’t think our investigators have rested for the last 72 hours,” Halstead said.

At the news conference, homicide Sgt. Joe Loughman said detectives located McGinnis after learning that he was April Serrano’s former boyfriend.

McGinnis voluntarily came to the police station late Tuesday but would not speak to detectives about his involvement in the slayings.

“We took him back to a location. We were about to leave and we saw some things that … we were interested in,” Loughman said. “We asked Mr. McGinnis if he would come back and talk with us a second time. He agreed once again to come up here voluntarily.”

This time, Loughman said, McGinnis admitted to the slayings.

He was arrested at his family’s home in the 1300 block of West Jessamine Street, police said.

The underlying felony required for a capital murder charge could be multiple victims or robbery, police said. His arrest warrant was written for multiple victims.

No history of domestic violence

“We have no indication that this is a domestic-violence-related case,” Loughman said. “Family members and friends told us that McGinnis and April had dated on and off again. We did not locate any reports in our system that showed any history of domestic violence between them.”

Police officials declined to release further information.

A woman who answered the phone at McGinnis’ home Wednesday morning hung up without commenting.

Tarrant County court records show that McGinnis has a 2011 conviction for possession of marijuana under 2 ounces and a 2013 conviction for evading arrest. He was charged with robbery in 2011 but was not indicted by a Tarrant County grand jury, records show.

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