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Arrests made in 2012 shootings of teenage lesbian couple in Texas

HELOTES, Texas -- A man and his wife have been arrested in connection with 2012 shooting of a young lesbian couple at a public park in Portland, Texas.

Mollie Olgin, 19, died in the shooting and her girlfriend, Mary Kristene Chapa, 18, was seriously wounded. Both teens were sexually assaulted before they were shot in the head execution-style and left for dead.

The brutality of the crime drew international attention and launched a manhunt that took almost two years to complete.

David Malcom Strickland, 27, was captured Friday in Helotes, Texas by the U.S. Marshals Service Lone Star Fugitive Task Force. He was hiding out in an apartment when the marshals located him.

"Task force officers and rangers conducted a brief surveillance and approached the apartment," the task force said in a statement. "Task force officers and rangers entered the apartment, identified themselves, and made contact with Strickland. Strickland was then taken into custody without incident."

Strickland will face charges of capital murder, aggravated sexual assault and aggravated assault with a weapon, according to authorities. Texas is notoriously known for executing more prisoners than any other state.

Portland police said on its Facebook page:

"David Strickland had been living in Portland at the time of the shootings and has also been known to live in the state of Utah as well as Helotes, Texas. While we know the community has many questions, this is still an active investigation and we would not want to do anything to jeopardize the case. We are confident that we have the person responsible for this horrific crime in custody. There is still a lot to do in order to prepare the case for prosecution. The families involved will never be the same, but it is our hope that the Olgin and Chapa families will at least feel some form of closure on this chapter of life."

The suspect's wife, Laura Strickland, 23, was also arrested and accused of tampering with evidence. Both suspects are being held in San Patricio County Jail.

Authorities said they do not believe it was a hate crime.


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