Three years after the body of a Waco area man was found just inside the northeast edge of the city limits, Wichita Falls police have two suspects in custody and are looking for a third.
The two women, who are in jail, are sisters from Wichita Falls. Both are charged with the 2010 stabbing and shooting murder of 31 year old Nickalaus Shaffer. However, police say the arrests don't bring their investigation to a close just yet.
Sisters, 44 year old Leslie Ann Acosta and 41 year old Rebecca Hernandez, are in the Wichita County jail facing murder charges. Acosta has been there since being arrested in March for allegedly hitting a deputy with a beer bottle at a bar while a warrant was being served.
Hernandez was booked into jail last night. Wichita Falls Police Chief Manuel Borrego announced the arrests saying Acosta recently confessed to having a part in the murder of 31 year old Nickalaus Shaffer, who is from the Waco area. Shortly after 8 a.m. on February 4, 2010, authorities were called to a private property off River Road, which is on the outskirts of Wichita Falls.
"I spoke with the property owner and he told me the body in this area off River Lane. He didn't want to talk on camera three years ago and that still holds true today, but he did tell me he is happy that arrests have been made in this case."
Authorities say Shaffer knew both women and Borrego says she, Hernandez and a third suspect are connected to Shaffer's murder.
"The females were possibly the ones involved in the stabbing portion and the other individual was involved in the shooting," says Chief Borrego.
Police say that male suspect is not yet in custody.
"We will put it out nationally and hopefully we can get an arrest. It's one of those issues were this guy is not a very good person and he quite often comes in contact with law enforcement," Chief Borrego says.
And Borrego says once he is behind bars in Wichita Falls it will allow detectives to clear this murder, which was the city's first homicide in 2010.
According to the affidavit for Hernandez, police had made connections to the suspects shortly after the murder and had found and contacted the male suspect several months later who said he was a close friend of the victim and denied any knowledge of the crime.
Then last October, police got information that a prison inmate had information on the murder, which led them to start making more definite connections with the suspects and then obtain the statement from Acosta in jail.
According to Chief Borrego, the motive for Shaffer's murder was financial fraud.
Rebecca Hernandez remains in the Wichita County jail on a $1 million dollars bond. Leslie Acosta is also there but her bond amount has not been set yet.
And the search is now on for their alleged accomplice.
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