Arrest made in 2016 murder of Waco woman

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Waco Police say a man has been charged with murder in the January 2016 death of a woman found slumped in her SUV outside a North Waco home.

Bond was set at $1 million dollars for 28-year-old Marcus Dwain Scott who remained in the McLennan County Jail after being picked up Friday by members of the U.S. Marshals Fugitive Task Force.

Marcus Dwain Scott

Scott has been charged in the death of 29-year-old Unekeyia Shanta Walker,

She was found in her Ford Explorer outside a home at 1917 North 15th after her family had been concerned that they had not heard from her in a couple of days.

The arrest affidavit indicated that the victim had been having trouble with the suspect and had just broken up with him, ending the relationship because it had become physically violent.

The affidavit also said that a relative had gone with her to ask Scott to leave her front porch and that Scott had been making threatening statements to her.

According to family and friends, the victim had been receiving threatening and harassing texts after he had been driven back to his own home.

When she was first found, police were just carrying the case as a questionable death as there was no obvious signs of trauma,  but when she was sent for an autopsy it was discovered there were broken bones in her neck that indicated she had been strangled.

There were also indications that she had received blunt force trauma to other parts of her body.

The affidavit said that when she was found dead in her vehicle, she was wearing a multi-colored print shirt and jeans, but the left pant leg of the jeans was completely ripped off.

When interviewing Scott shortly after the body was found, officers obtained a DNA sample and conducted a polygraph test of the suspect.

During the polygraph Scott informed the operator that he had fought with the victim twice and that he “play choked” her while they were fighting.

He claimed that the victim was bigger than he was and that he was defending himself during the fight.

Police spokesman Patrick Swanton Monday said that DNA recovered from the victim’s vehicle matched that obtained from Scott.

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