Police have arrested the man they allege shot a teenage lesbian couple in a south Texas park in 2012, killing one of the young women and leaving the other with serious head injuries.
David Malcolm Strickland, 27, was arrested June 20 by U.S. Marshals and Texas Rangers in the San Antonio suburb of Helotes. He faces charges of capital murder, aggravated assault with a weapon and aggravated sexual assault in the June 23, 2012, attack that left Mollie Olgin, 19, dead and Kristene Chapa, 18, critically wounded on a park bluff overlooking Corpus Christi Bay in Portland.
The two were shot execution-style and found by passersby. Gun casings were recovered from the area’s tall grass.
Authorities soon released a sketch of the suspect, and both the Texas Rangers and FBI assisted the Portland Police Department with the investigation.
Strickland once lived in Portland.
Vigils were held around the country for the two young women, who had been dating for five months, according to friends. A fund set up to help pay for Chapa’s medical costs drew more than 600 donors and $24,000 in five days.
Chapa, who is still undergoing rehabilitation from her injuries, attended the press conference announcing the arrest.
“I hope that it gives them some closure knowing that this person is taken off the street,” Portland Police Chief Gary Giles said of the victims’ families and the community. “It is one day before the two-year anniversary. We've been working very hard to make sure we get him as soon as possible. A series of fortunate events has led us to this point and I'm just very happy that we could help in — at least at this point — in bringing him to justice.”