Fort Worth

Fort Worth woman strangled, suspect arrested in Tennessee after standoff

Paige Terrell Lawyer
Paige Terrell Lawyer

A Fort Worth woman found dead Friday in her east Fort Worth apartment was strangled and her death has been ruled a homicide, according to the Tarrant County medical examiner's office.

A Euless man accused of killing Otishae Womack and her young daughter Friday was captured Sunday night in Tennessee, police said.

Capital murder suspect Paige Terrell Lawyer, 38, was in custody Monday in the Rutherford County Adult Detention Center in Murfreesboro, Tenn., according to jail records. He was booked into jail at 7:30 p.m. Sunday.

Fort Worth police did not provide any details on the arrest.

A resident in Murfreesboro told the Star-Telegram a SWAT team arrived in her neighborhood about 4 p.m. Sunday and monitored a home. Murfreesboro is near Nashville.

At about 6 p.m. Sunday, Lawyer fled out a window, but he was captured by Murfreesboro police, deputies with the Rutherford County Sheriff's Office and U.S. Marshals.

Lawyer is accused of killing Womack who he had dated on Friday. He had been charged three times with assaulting her in 2017, according to Tarrant County criminal court records.

He also is a suspect in the death of the woman's fourth-grade daughter whose name had not been released as of Monday. A ruling on the girl's death had not been released either.

A probable cause warrant was issued for Lawyer on Saturday, and police asked for help in locating him.

The victims had lived in the 200 block of Shady Lane Drive at the Vernona Apartment Complex.

The woman's two other children, both 4, were not home when the bodies were found and are now in protective custody, police said.

The slain girl was a student at Morningside Elementary School and the twins were pre-kindergarten students at Eastern Hills Elementary, according to a Fort Worth school district official.

Euless police have dealt with Lawyer in the past. He was involved in assault family violence in October 2016 and December 2016 in Euless, police reports state. Additional information was not available Monday on those cases.

And, Lawyer and Womack had a violent domestic history, according to court records. He was sentenced to 18 months' probation in February 2017 for choking Womack in January 2017. He was charged with assault bodily injury to a family member. The two were dating and living together at the time.

She moved out in April 2017 and was granted an emergency protective order, according to court records.

But while on probation, Lawyer was accused of assaulting Womack with a motor vehicle on May 18, 2017, and he again was accused of choking her on May 26, 2017.

He refused to sign a plea deal in July 2017 for five years in prison on the two assault charges.

In papers filed in January, Lawyer denied assaulting Womack on May 18, 2017.

He had court dates scheduled for later this week in Criminal District Court No. 396 on the two pending assault charges, according to court records.

Read Next

Read Next

Fort Worth Police and the Tarrant County Sheriff's Office are looking for these 10 fugitives. Crime Stoppers will pay up to $1,000 for information leading to an arrest. Call 817-469-8477.

Domingo Ramirez Jr.: 817-390-7763,@mingoramirezjr