MIDLOTHIAN, Texas - Police in Midlothian used social media to track down a suspect in the murder of a man whose body was found in a truck.
Police say one person has been charged with capital murder and more arrests could follow.
Workers with the Trinity River Authority on Monday discovered the body of 52-year-old James Morris of Alvarado about 50 yards into a wooded area off Auger Road in Midlothian. The medical examiner determined Morris was the victim of a homicide. However, police said they do not believe the murder happened where his body was found.
Investigators collected evidence at the scene and tracked Morris’ whereabouts for the previous 48 hours. Police say evidence in the case and statements from people the victim knew makes them confident they’ve identified the killer as 33-year-old Woodrow Stevenson Head.
Police believe Morris and Head only knew each other a few weeks, but that contact quickly connected police to their suspect.
“They established a relationship over the last two weeks. The details of that relationship are still a little bit sketchy,” explained Midlothian Asst. Police Chief Scott Brown. “There’s some other people involved in that relationship that we would like to get identified. There may have been at least one witness at the scene of the crime or when the crime was committed. So we would like to talk to that individual obviously and find out just exactly what his or her role may have been in the case.”
Head was already in the Cook County jail on an unrelated drug charge. He has now also been charged with capital murder.
For now, police are not willing to say how they believe Head murdered Morris. However, he will likely soon be brought back to Dallas County to face capital murder charges.
Police have not ruled out more arrests.