A Fort Worth man was in custody Tuesday and accused of killing a woman whose body was found in an open field in northeast Texas.
Authorities say they believe the slaying occurred in the suspect’s home in Fort Worth.
The suspect is identified as Lucious Newhouse III, 54. The victim was identified Tuesday afternoon as Rochelle Mims, 34.
Newhouse was arrested Sunday morning in Sulphur Springs where the body was found shortly after 7 a.m. in an open field on private property on U.S. 67 W just inside the city limits, said Hopkins County Sheriff Lewis Tatum. Sulphur Springs is about 110 miles northeast of Fort Worth.
Officers from the Hopkins County Sheriff’s Office, Sulphur Springs police and Texas Highway Patrol officers were dispatched to the area on a report of a suspicion man.
“They were going out to investigate a person on the side of the road who claimed he had crashed his car,” said Sulphur Springs police Lt. Rusty Stillwagoner.
When officers arrived, they found Newhouse seated on the highway near the Sulphur Springs city limit sign, said Officer Graciano “Buddy” Calzada, a Fort Worth police spokesman.
A vehicle — registered to Newhouse and with visible blood on it — was found stuck in a ravine, Calzada said.
“Troopers walked the tire tracks of the vehicle and located the victim a short distance from the vehicle’s location,” Calzada said.
The woman had suffered a gunshot wound to the head, the sheriff said.
Had the vehicle not become stuck in the ravine, “it could have been an unsolved,” Stillwagoner said.
Newhouse was arrested and faces a charge of murder in the case, he said. He was in the Hopkins County Jail in Sulphur Springs on Tuesday with bail set at $1 million.
As the investigation unfolded, authorities were led to believe that the killing occurred at Newhouse’s home in the 4200 block of Lorin Avenue in Fort Worth. Fort Worth detectives arrived at the home shortly before 1 p.m. Sunday and spent more than five hours going through the home.
“Homicide detectives and crime scene officers are processing the scene of a homicide,” Calzada said. “This is believed to be the scene related to the body that was found in Sulphur Springs.”
Fort Worth police did not release any other details such as when the killing occurred or a motive.