Capital murder arrests made in connection with body in trunk case - KTRE.com | Lufkin and Nacogdoches, Texas

Capital murder arrests made in connection with body in trunk case

Schanda Handy.  Photo provided by Nacogdoches Sheriff's Department. Schanda Handy. Photo provided by Nacogdoches Sheriff's Department.
Bob Moore III.  Photo provided by Nacogdoches Sheriff's Department. Bob Moore III. Photo provided by Nacogdoches Sheriff's Department.

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - A man and a woman are in the Nacogdoches County Jail for the capital murder of Lamont Kenyon Patton.  Schanda Handy, 37, and Bob Moore III, 33, both of Nacogdoches are suspects in the August death.  Nacogdoches firefighters were called to a routine car fire, but upon arrival discovered Patton's body in the trunk of the car.

Nacogdoches County Sheriff Thomas Kerss said the victim and suspects have a drug history, but because of the sensitivity of the case can't elaborate on the alleged killing's motive. "I really don't want to speculate on the moties at this time. Again you can look at the history of both the defendant and the victim and obviously there has been prior drug related activities. That's no secret, but as far as talking about potential motives and for this particular killing it would be premature for me to speculate, "  said Kerss.

Handy was already in jail on another offense at the time of her arrest. Moore had been released on bond for another arrest, but was arrested again on the capital murder charges this week. Both suspects are now held on  $750,000 bonds. Kerss added, " The evidence we have obtained through our investigation certainly has given us more than sufficient probable cause to link their involvement in this crime to this death, but for reasons we're not really prepared to disclose right now, there's some things about this investigation that just do not need to be made public at this time. "    

Investigators have handled this case with sensitivity in an effort to keep too much information about the investigation from hitting the streets. Kerss would not comment on whether or not more arrests are expected. He said it is definitely an ongoing investigation.

  

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