FORT WORTH, TX â€” Fort Worth Police charged two people in connection to the murder of Ashlea Harris. Harrisâ€™ body was found inside her Fort Worth apartment, after a small fire was reported. Cops suspected foul play and immediately investigated the case as a homicide.
THE VICTIM ASHLEA HARRIS:
Friends reported Harris returned home late, on the day she was found. According to reports, Harris worked into the early morning hours at Hulen Mall, during the Black Friday rush.
Over the weekend, two arrests were made in the case. 25-year-old Carter Carol Cervantez and 19-year-old Clarence David Mallory. Both are charged with capital murder and theft.
Fort Worth police say the duo stole about $18,000 from American Eagle Outfitters at Hulen Mall.
Police have charged Carter Cervantez, 25, and her boyfriend Clarence â€œDavidâ€ Mallory, 19, with capital murder in the death of Ashlea Harris, 31.
Harrisâ€™ hands and feet were bound in duct tape, reports CBS affiliate KHOU, which cites court documents filed by Fort Worth police. Firefighters found her strangled and burned body early in the morning on Nov. 28.
Police say Harris worked a late night Black Friday shift at the American Eagle store in a mall in Fort Worth and arrived home around 3:15 a.m.
A neighbor below Harris told police that he heard a thump, screaming and heavy breathing around 7:30 a.m. His carbon monoxide detector then went off, and water from the sprinklers in Harrisâ€™ apartment came through his ceiling.