Woman accused of using hammer to kill daughter's boyfriend

FORT WORTH -- On Monday afternoon, Tashira Huntley told police that her boyfriend, LeMarcus Bell, had hit her on the head with a Blu-ray disc player during an argument, then fled.

She also called her mother, Tyra Huntley.

Less than two hours later, when Bell returned to the apartment he shared with his 20-year-old girlfriend to pick up some personal items, police say, her mother stepped in.

Sgt. Pedro Criado, a police spokesman, said the 42-year-old woman "threw a cup of liquid bleach in his face, causing him to fall."

As Bell lay on the floor, Tyra Huntley struck him in the head with a hammer, Criado said.

Bell, 24, was taken to John Peter Smith Hospital, where he died Tuesday.

Tyra Huntley was arrested Tuesday night on a murder warrant at John Peter Smith, where she had gone for treatment of an unrelated medical issue. She was being held in the Mansfield Jail on Wednesday with bail set at $300,000.

According to a report, Fort Worth police had first been called to the Cobb Park Apartments in the 2400 block of East Berry Street shortly before 2 p.m. Monday on a disturbance report.

There, Tashira Huntley told police that Bell had hit her in the head with the disc player. She told police that Bell had left, running south through woods directly behind an apartment complex.

Called by her daughter, Tyra Huntley drove to the apartment complex and was there less than two hours later when Bell returned.

Homicide Sgt. J.D. Thornton said Bell was trying to leave when Tyra Huntley assaulted him.

"There was no indication that the suspect, or her daughter, were under any imminent threat of bodily harm from Mr. Bell," Thornton said.

Deanna Boyd, 817-390-7655