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Cold case killing: Aledo suspect says he was robbed

These recently released composite drawings led to the arrest Wednesday night of 52-year-old Larry Driskell of Aledo. He’s accused of killing a Haltom City woman in 2005, then dumping her body in a Parker County creek bed.
These recently released composite drawings led to the arrest Wednesday night of 52-year-old Larry Driskell of Aledo. He’s accused of killing a Haltom City woman in 2005, then dumping her body in a Parker County creek bed. Courtesy

An Aledo man strangled a Haltom City woman in 2005, bagged her body and dumped it in a Parker County creek bed because he thought she was trying to rob him, according to a probable cause affidavit.

Larry Driskell, 52, repeatedly both confessed and recanted his story to Texas Rangers investigators on Wednesday afternoon, the affidavit states. He was arrested without incident Wednesday night at his home by members of the Weatherford-Parker County fugitive apprehension strike team and is in the Parker County jail, authorities said.

Recently released composite drawings of a suspect in the 2005 cold case led to Driskell’s arrest after residents identified him as the man who was with 29-year-old Bobbie Sue Hill in Fort Worth on the night of March 6, 2005.

Driskill faces a murder charge.

“I hope Miss Hill’s family can finally come to some type of closure with this arrest,” Parker County Sheriff Larry Fowler said in a news release. “I would like to commend all the investigators involved over the last 10 years who never gave up and did an outstanding job.”

The affidavit obtained by the Star-Telegram Thursday gave this account of the incident:

Driskell told investigators he was driving near East Lancaster Avenue in Fort Worth after visiting his father when he spotted Hill at a convenience store and picked her up.

A witness referred to as Hill’s “pimp” in the affidavit said Hill got into a white van with a man and parked at a nearby apartment complex. The witness waited within 20 feet of the van.

He said that within minutes the man in the van, now naked, came up from between the seats.

According to the affidavit Driskell said he and Hill got into an altercation because he believed she was trying to steal his wallet.

Driskell told investigators that his “hand went from her chest to her neck and choked her down.” He said that then he saw a man walking toward the van and “took off trying to get away from the situation.”

Driskell drove down the interstate, stopped and later put “her in a bag in the van and got rid of the body.”

Hill’s body was found in a creek bed near a bridge in the 1300 block of Jenkins Road in Aledo. The Tarrant County medical examiner’s office ruled that Hill died by strangulation.

Her body was found about eight miles from Driskell’s home

Through the years, authorities chased numerous leads in the case, but failed to find a suspect. Then they reviewed it in October and discovered that the pimp was in a Tarrant County Jail.

A Texas Rangers forensic artist created the composite drawings after visiting withe the witness, who was one of the last people to see Hill alive.

He gave a physical description of a suspect and the artist created two drawings — one described at the time of the murder and then another using age progression, authorities said.

The drawings were released last month and investigators received tips identifying the suspect as Driskell.

“We immediately got the leads on the suspect,” Capt. Mark Arnett of the Parker County Sheriff’s Office said Thursday in a telephone interview.

In the Wednesday interview with investigators, Driskell said that after dumping Hill’s body he took her clothes, placed them in a trash bag and left it for trash collectors to pick up.

If convicted, Driskell faces a maximum sentence of life in prison.

The case was investigated by the Parker County Sheriff’s Office, U.S. Secret Service and the Texas Rangers.

Authorities were withholding booking photos of Driskell pending photo lineups with other witnesses.

Domingo Ramirez Jr., 817-390-7763

Twitter: @mingoramirezjr

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