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Police announce arrest in Baytown woman's Mother's Day murder

Police announce arrest in Baytown woman's Mother's Day murder”

The Baytown Police Department announced on Facebook that 29-year-old Byron Lloyd Collins was arrested on Friday for the May 2016 death of Nataliya Shal.

A Texas man's discarded cigarette that he left behind after killing and sexually assaulting his own mother helped link him to the crimes, according to police.

Shal was found inside her Baytown apartment in the 300 block of Baker Road on May 8, 2016.

Police released a composite sketch of the suspect in October 2016 [Photo: Baytown Police]"We got a killer off the streets".

Shal's husband, David Englerth, had been out of town at the time of the murder, according to the station. "I hope they can sleep a little better tonight", said Baytown Police Lt. Steve Dorris.

Elizabeth Morris, a neighbor, said she saw Shal and Collins together the day Shal was killed.

Authorities said the 50-year-old mother of one had been stabbed in her back multiple times.

He said he contacted authorities to check on his wife when he couldn't reach her. Responding officers looked through a window and spotted the woman.

Police collected DNA evidence from the scene of the crime and were able to come up with a sketch of a man seen talking to Shal the day she was murdered, but were not able to narrow down a suspect or make any arrests.

Baytown Police say they were able to hone in on Collins using advanced DNA detective work.

Police say Collins lives off-and-on at the complex where the murdered occurred. Travis is now in prison on an unrelated sex assault and as such his DNA is in the system which police use for comparison in cases just like this.

During a hearing on Saturday, prosecutors said that DNA found on a cigarette smoked by Collins matched DNA found during the homicide investigation.

Collins is being held in the Harris County Jail without bail on capital murder charges.



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