Suspect in Christina Morris Disappearance Charged With Sexual Assault of a Minor

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Collin County via WFAA
Enrique Arochi

Christina Morris disappeared on August 30, 2014, after walking into the Shops at Legacy garage where she'd parked her car with Enrique Arochi. After police found Morris' DNA in Arochi's trunk, he was arrested and charged with kidnapping 23-year-old Morris. He's been sitting in Collin County Jail since December.

Now, though, new accusations have surfaced against Arochi, who police say sexually assaulted a teenager.

See also: Plano Detective Says She "Absolutely" Believes Christina Morris Was Murdered

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Things Went Bad for Dallas-Area Car Thieves Once They Stole That Monster Truck: Police

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The Shell Shack via Facebook
Not exactly easy to stumble upon.
David Campbell should have thought this one through. When you and your buddies have, as DeSoto police believe Campbell did, stolen a monster truck and hidden it deep into the woods, it's not the best idea to try to claim a reward offered for the trucks safe return. People are going to wonder how you knew it was there.

Campbell didn't see that coming. Cops say he called Dallas Hale, part owner of the truck, last week and asked if the $5,000 reward offered for the truck was still available. Hale told him that it was and agreed to meet Campbell at an Exxon just off I-35 in DeSoto.

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Eddie Routh Guilty of Capital Murder in American Sniper Shooting

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Eddie Ray Routh
Just after 9 p.m. Tuesday night, an Erath County jury found Eddie Ray Routh guilty for the February 2013 shootings of American Sniper author Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield. Routh never disputed that he shot Kyle and Littlefield. At trial, he and his defense team claimed he was legally insane and didn't know right from wrong when he killed Kyle and Littlefield at a shooting range.

The jury disagreed, despite potentially compelling evidence of Routh's paranoid schizophrenia presented by the defense. Routh had been through multiple hospitalizations for his mental illness. Routh convinced the defense's psychiatric expert -- Dr. Mitchell H. Dunn, psychiatrist at Terrell State Hospital -- that he shot Kyle and Littlefield because he believed they were part of a world-domination-seeking group of pig-human hybrids and wanted to kill him. Dunn said Routh acted in self-defense, because he genuinely feared for his life. He did not know, Dunn said, that killing Kyle and Littlefield was wrong.

See also: Chris Kyle's Killer Thought Pig-People Hybrids Were Taking Over the Earth: Testimony

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Defending Your Tow Truck Is a Legitimate Reason To Kill Someone in Dallas

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Flats At Five Mile Creek Apartments
The tow truck driver who shot and killed a young, unarmed probation officer named Lance Lemons earlier this month was not arrested afterward, and Dallas police are still refusing to identify the shooter. They say they don't have to reveal his name unless they decide to send his case to a grand jury. But whether the driver will ever face charges for killing Lemons remains still uncertain.

"They have NOT made a grand jury referral yet," was the last we heard from a Dallas Police Department spokeswoman in an email. "As it stands, it's still an open investigation."

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Chris Kyle's Killer Thought Pig-People Hybrids Were Taking Over the Earth: Testimony

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Cpl. Damien Gutierrez
Chris Kyle signs a copy of his book, American Sniper.
If there was any doubt that Eddie Routh, the former Marine who shot and killed Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield in 2013, was profoundly disturbed, Thursday's testimony at Routh's murder trial erased it. Now, the jury is going to decide whether Routh knew that shooting Kyle and Littlefield was wrong. If he did, he fails to meet Texas' legal insanity standard.

Dr. Mitchell H. Dunn, psychiatrist at Terrell State Hospital, took most of the day to describe his interactions with Routh.

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Dallas Woman Gets Her Towed Car Back, Minus $1,400 She Had Inside

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The last time we wrote about Excalibur towing, the person whose car had been towed wondered if someone broke into her car to rip off her parking sticker, possibly causing her car to be towed -- assuming the sticker went missing before her car was hauled away instead of after. "The only explanation I have is that it either fell off and I didn't notice it or someone took it off," the woman said.

Now, a different person whose car was recently towed by Excalibur says that $1,400 she had in her car disappeared somewhere along the line before she got it back.

See also: A "Missing" Parking Sticker, a Bus Ride and a Miscarriage: A Dallas Towing Nightmare

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"American Sniper" Killer Said Shortly After Shooting That He Knew Right From Wrong

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Cpl. Damien Gutierrez
Chris Kyle signs a copy of his book, American Sniper.
Texas Ranger Danny Briley and a videotape gave a thorough account Wednesday of the confession given to Briley by Eddie Routh, the man on trial for the fatal 2013 shootings of Chris Kyle and Chad Littlefield.

"I know you had a tough day, but I'd like to talk a little bit," Briley told Routh as he began questioning following a day that had seen Routh shoot Kyle and Littlefield, steal Kyle's truck and head to his uncle's house before stopping by Taco Bell on the way home.

Routh, sitting in a holding room with blood on his boots, told Briley "I knew if I didn't take out his soul he would take mine," referring to Kyle. The sniper and Littlefield couldn't stop him, Routh said, because "[T]heir training wasn't as good. My training's better."

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Vice Cops Raid East Dallas Gambling Ring

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Flickr user Jordan Dawe
On January 14, vice cops fanned out across East Dallas and descended on a half dozen aging storefronts in crappy, low-rent strip centers: one off Columbia Avenue a mile east of Deep Ellum, another where Garland Road transitions from isn't-it-nice-to-be-near-White-Rock-Lake! to all-beauty-has-been-extinguished-from-the-world, the rest along Ferguson Road. Later, they visited a much nicer locale -- a quarter-million dollar custom home in a newish Grand Prairie subdivision, complete with a front-yard fountain and turret. Their target: a minor local video gambling empire allegedly operated by 45-year-old Thuy Kha, aka "Tweety," and her boyfriend, Duc Tu Nguyen, aka "Andy."

Police had been investigating the couple for the better part of a year. On April 29 last year, vice cops made their first undercover visit, a detective visiting a Ferguson Road game room for a few rounds of "Spin Jack 21." While he played, he watched surreptitiously as Kha moved from machine to machine, opening them up to remove the cash. When she was done, she drove away in a silver 2004 Mercedes.

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ICYMI: Dallas Car Chase Ends in Beat Down (Video)

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Neil Riggins via YouTube
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After Artrai Alexander stole a Dodge Challenger from a convenience store in the 3000 block of Grand Avenue Wednesday afternoon, police say, he took cops on a high speed chase. The chase ended when he crashed, a fairly typically outcome. What happened after the crash wasn't.

Jessica Liesmann, the woman driving the van Alexander rear-ended, got out of her car and attacked Alexander.

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Chris Kyle Texted "this dude is straight up nuts" About Shooter On Day He Died

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Cpl. Damien Gutierrez
Chris Kyle signs a copy of his book, American Sniper.
Opening statements in the trial of Eddie Routh, the former Marine accused of murdering "American Sniper" Chris Kyle and Kyle's friend Chad Littlefield focused on the limited ground over which the case will be decided -- whether or not Routh met the Texas standard for legal insanity when he shot Kyle and Littlefield in February 2013.

Routh's defense team presented text messages sent between Kyle and Littlefield while in route with Routh to the shooting range near Glen Rose where they would die. "this dude is straight up nuts," Kyle told Littlefield, before Littlefield replied that Kyle should ""Watch my 6," meaning his back.

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