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Man admits to Grand Prairie cab killing, police say

GRAND PRAIRIE -- A man arrested in the shooting death of a DeSoto cab driver has made a statement to police and is expected to be arraigned Wednesday on charges of capital murder, Grand Prairie police said.

Eric Hodges, 31, was arrested Tuesday in connection with the shooting death on Sunday of cabbie Lois Jean Ivory, 53.

Detective John Brimmer said that in an interview Tuesday night, Hodges admitted he shot and killed Ivory during a robbery attempt.

Further details are being withheld, Brimmer said.

The detective said investigators have upgraded the charge from murder to capital murder and that Hodges is to be arraigned this morning.

Ivory was found dead inside a cab about 9 p.m. Sunday in the 100 block of West Dorris Drive.

Police said Hodges was the last fare Ivory picked up.

Hodges was arrested without incident in Alvarado.

Brimmer said the efforts of the U.S. Marshals Service Strike Team directly led to this arrest. Without their assistance Hodges may have fled the area, Brimmer said.