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Fort Worth capital murder suspect arrested; he’s also accused of raping 2 women

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A Fort Worth man who police believe has raped two women in as many weeks and beat a woman to death early Saturday was in custody Thursday.

Detectives believe the rapes occurred on Aug. 29 and Sept. 3 in Fort Worth.

A 53-year-old woman was apparently beaten to death early Saturday and left in a parking lot in the 1500 block of South Ederville Road.

Police identified the suspect as Lee Dexter Joiner, 31, of Plano. He was in custody Thursday and he faces charges of capital murder and sexual assault.

Joiner was booked into jail on Tuesday on two counts of sexual assault and an outstanding warrant out of Dallas County on a charge of indecent exposure.

On Thursday morning, the capital murder charge was added to Joiner.

The name of the woman killed early Saturday has not been released by the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office, but a police report identified her as Ruby Antionette Maeda, 53.

Patrol officers were called early Saturday to the 1500 block of Ederville Road.

A caller told authorities that a woman was lying in the parking lot.

When they arrived, police found the body of a woman who appeared to have been beaten and dumped in the parking lot. Paramedics arrived at the scene and pronounced her dead.

Police did not reveal any information on whether Joiner knew Maeda and authorities did not provide further details of the killing.

Police noted that Joiner is accused of raping a 38-year-old woman at about 5 a.m. on Aug. 29 in the 1900 block of S. Ederville Road.

In addition, detectives said Joiner is a suspect in the sexual assault of a 40-year-old woman about 4:30 a.m. on Sept. 3.

“In order to protect the integrity of these investigations, specific details cannot be released,” police said in a Thursday news release.

Police are investigating whether there may be other victims connected to Joiner.

“Protocol is to do a crime scene, come in and do swabs and certain investigating and see if they play a role in other cases,” said Officer Buddy Calzada, a Fort Worth Police Department spokesman.

Joiner may be connected to an incident that took place on Aug. 22 that is being investigated, Calzada said.

Joiner was picked up for questioning in connection to the two sexual assaults and in the midst of that investigation, police discovered he was involved in the homicide, Calzada said.

Staff writer Kaley Johnson contributed to this report.

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