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Trial Starts For Texas Man Accused Of Raping And Shooting Lesbian Teen Couple

Photo: Edward A. Ornelas, San Antonio Express-News

The trial of David Strickland, accused of shooting, raping, and stripping a young lesbian couple before killing one execution style has begun.

HOUSTON Sept. 21 — The trial for a man accused in the brutal shooting of a couple in Corpus Christi four years ago is underway.

David Strickland is accused of shooting and raping Mollie Olgin, 19 and her partner Mary Chapa, 18 in June 2012 at a small park near Portland, Tx. He is charged with capital murder, aggravated sexual assault, and aggravated assault. Strickland has pled not guilty.

The couple was discovered in the park by a couple bird watching. Olgin died at the scene resulting from a gunshot wound to the head, her partner Chapa survived but lost functionality to the left side of her body.

At the scene, investigators discovered two .45-caliber bullet casings, cigarette butts, beer cans, a can of iced tea, and other bottles.

Death Of LGBT Man Sparks Texas Rangers Investigation

Death Of LGBT Man Sparks Texas Rangers Investigation

The death of a 23-year old man in Hardin County, Texas has caused Texas Rangers to launch official investigation.

The Texas Rangers have officially launched an investigation into the ‘in custody’ death of Cody Lane Livingston, 23, while in custody of the Hardin County Sheriff’s Department on Saturday.

According to the Texas Department of Public Safety, on Saturday, August 27, 2016 at approximately 6:00a.m. DPS was notified of a possible crash near Sour Lake. (Sour Lake is about 1 hour north-east of Houston.)

DPS explains that it determined there was no crash, but suspected Livingston was driving while intoxicated. DPS explains a field sobriety test was conducted but failed to release results. Instead, Livingston was booked into the jail for an outstanding warrant.

Hardin County Sheriff Ed Cain explains that ‘Livingston was booked into the Hardin County Jail at 7:30 a.m. and had no outward signs of injury as he was booked.’

DPS states ‘Livingston was found unresponsive in a jail cell’ and transported to St. Elizabeth’s hospital in Beaumont, Texas, where he was pronounced dead.

“I couldn’t believe it,” said Tanner Moore, Livingston’s boyfriend. “It was hard to believe, because he was just here with me the other day helping me move.” He said the two saw each other Friday night at Moore’s residence in the Lufkin area.

According to Moore, on Saturday “I tried to call him, probably called him 3 to 5 times. He didn’t answer, and he said ‘I’m at a bar in Houston.”

Friends have set up a GoFund Me Page to help the family with expenses.

Capitol Murder Charges Filed In Death Of Houston Transgender Death

Capitol Murder Charges Filed In Death Of Houston Transgender Death

Charges have been filed against a suspect arrested in the deaths of a transgender woman and man found at 1100 Dennis Street about 11:15 p.m. on April 10.
The suspect, Tariq Lackings (23), is charged with capital murder in the 178th State District Court.
He is accused in the killing of Shante Isaac, 34, who suffered gunshot and stab wounds, and Willie Sims, 33, who suffered stab wounds. Both were pronounced dead at the scene.
HPD patrol officers responded to a shooting call at the above address.  Upon arrival, they found Ms. Isaacs and Mr. Sims had suffered from multiple wounds.  The unknown suspects fled the scene prior to officers arriving.
Further investigation identified Lackings as the suspect in this case.  He was taken into custody on Wednesday (April 20) and subsequently charged.
Investigators believe there are additional suspects involved.  Anyone with information in this case is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.