Johnson County Sheriff’s Office detectives on Wednesday arrested Samuel Scarlett on a charge of capital murder of multiple persons in connection with the October shooting death of Scarlett’s parents.
Scarlett, 28, remains in custody at the Johnson County Jail in lieu of a $1.5 million bond.
On Oct. 2, JCSO deputies responded to the 1700 block of Don Lee Road near Joshua on a welfare call.
A family member, unable to contact residents of the home via telephone, alerted JCSO, Sheriff Adam King said.
Deputies at that time were unable to contact anyone at the residence but returned the following day after a second family member, also unable to reach the residents via phone, contacted deputies.
During that Oct. 6 visit, deputies found the home’s back door open and made a check of the house.
Once inside, deputies discovered two bodies later identified as Mike Scarlett, 66, and his wife, Kay Scarlett, 68. Both were killed by gunshot wounds.
JCSO investigators on Oct. 7 located a truck belonging to the couple in the parking lot of Texas Health Huguley Hospital.
Investigators believe that Samuel Scarlett left the scene of the crime in his parent’s truck. Investigators located Samuel inside the hospital and arrested him on the felony charge of unauthorized use of a vehicle. Samuel’s bond on that charge was set at $100,000 and he was listed as a person of interest in the double murder investigation.
The Johnson County Crime Scene technician sent evidence collected from the murder scene to the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office for DNA analysis.
On Tuesday that office notified JCSO that DNA recovered from the murder weapon matched Scarlett’s DNA. Blood found on Scarlett’s shoes was processed for DNA as well and found to be a match for his father’s blood.
“Extensive investigation had already indicated that Samuel Scarlett was the likely shooter in these murders and the DNA evidence offered the Johnson County detectives additional confirmation of their suspicion,” King said.