Arrest Made in Wichita Falls Double Homicide
Texas DPS Officers have made an arrest in connection to a double homicide that occurred in Wichita Falls earlier this month. On October 10th at approximately 11:30 am officers with the Wichita Falls Police Department responded to a call for a welfare check in the 1300 block of North 3rd. Officers discovered the bodies of William Rankin and David Phillips Jr. inside a home. A witness told investigators that about an hour before the victims were discovered they saw a black male walking out of the home and drive away in a red, four door sedan.
On October 13th, a man led DPS troopers on a high speed chase that ended when the driver crashed his car near Dalhart in the northwest Texas panhandle. The driver, 23 year-old Jermar Jamie Fuller was arrested. During a search of the red 2011 Toyota Corolla, officers discovered two handguns, a .380 and a 9mm pistol. The 9mm pistol had been reported stolen in Wichita Falls in July of this year. Officers found blood on the .380. A large quantity of cash was also found in the car. Fuller was booked in to the Dallam County Jail and held on a $4 million bond.
Wichita Falls detectives traveled to Dalhart on October 24th to collect evidence and DNA from Fuller. That evidence has been sent to the DPS Crime Lab in Garland. On October 21st, the DPS Crime Lab confirmed to Wichita Falls detectives that the 9mm weapon found in the car Fuller was driving at the time of his arrest was in fact the weapon used in the double homicide on October 10th. Fuller is expected to be extradited back to Wichita County to face capital murder charges.