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  1. #1
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    Jul 2004

    TX - FAIN, Roger Eugene, Arlington, Convicted of 2 murders, suspect in 3rd

    The man who police say sexually assaulted and killed an Arlington woman 18 years ago has a history of violent crimes against women that dates back to when he was a teen-ager.
    Using DNA evidence, Arlington police cold case investigators have linked Roger Fain Jr. with the death of Linda Donahew, whose nude body was discovered June 1, 1987, inside her southwest Arlington home. She had been strangled and stabbed in the neck.
    Fain, 51, now faces a capital murder charge in the case. He is already serving a life term for the 1994 shooting death of his ex-girlfriend, Sandra Dumont of Austin. The former Dallas man also has a lengthy history of crimes against women across Florida and Texas, including kidnapping and aggravated sexual assault, Arlington police Sgt. Mark Simpson said.
    Fain was also a suspect in the 1994 death of Darlene Anderson, a Round Rock woman he knew, police said. Anderson, 38, and Fainís ex-girlfriend Dumont, 39, had gone missing a month apart from each other, according to the Austin American-Statesmanan.
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  2. #2
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    Jul 2004

    Jailed Round Rock killer again a suspect

    A Round Rock man sentenced to life in prison in 1995 for murdering Austin advertising executive Sandra Dumont and dumping her body in a cow pasture has been linked through DNA evidence to the unsolved 1987 death of a North Texas woman.

    Roger Fain, 51, who remains locked up, was charged Tuesday with capital murder in the death of 41-year-old Linda Sue Donahew, who was found naked, stabbed and strangled in her Arlington home on June 1, 1987.

    Arlington detectives spoke with Round Rock investigators and found similarities among the deaths of Dumont, 39, Donahew and Darlene Anderson, 38, of Round Rock.

    Fain was never charged with Anderson's death because there wasn't enough evidence, but prosecutors have said that he remains the prime suspect. Anderson disappeared around the same time Dumont did, and her body was found in the same pasture off Louis Henna Boulevard.

    The women were all attractive, all knew Fain and each had part or all of their clothing cut from their bodies, said Arlington police spokeswoman Christy Gilfour.

    The June 1994 disappearance of Anderson, a mother of two, touched off a wave of fear in Round Rock. Her car was found in her driveway and her purse and credit cards were inside her home.
    Just when I think that I have seen the most depraved things a human can do to another human, somebody posts a new story...........

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  3. #3
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    Aug 2008
    New Orleans, LA
    On the Case with Paula Zahn: The Killer Rang Twice
    episode aired Sunday, August 5, 2013

    Respected former Arlington homicide detective dies
    Posted Thursday, Aug. 01, 2013

    ARLINGTON — Detective Jim Ford investigated some of city’s highest profile homicide cases, including the abduction and murder of Amber Hagerman in 1996, during his 34-year career with the Arlington Police Department.
    Mr. Ford, who served as a criminal investigator for the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office after his 2010 retirement from the police department, died Wednesday. He was 58.

    On Sunday, Mr. Ford will be featured in an “On the Case with Paula Zahn” episode about the unsolved slaying of Linda Sue Donahew on the Investigation Discovery channel. Mr. Ford helped investigate what happened to Donahew, 41, who was stabbed, strangled and sexually assaulted inside her Arlington home on June 1, 1987.
    02-10-00412-CR Roger Eugene Fain v. The State of Texas–Appeal from 372nd District Court of Tarrant County
    I. Introduction
    In three issues, Appellant Roger Eugene Fain appeals the trial court’s denial of his post-conviction motion for forensic DNA testing under chapter 64 of the code of criminal procedure. We affirm.

    II. Procedural History
    In 2007, a jury convicted Appellant of capital murder, and the trial court sentenced him to life imprisonment.[2] This court affirmed his conviction. See Fain v. State, No. 02-08-00002-CR, 2009 WL 2579580 (Tex. App.—Fort Worth Aug. 20, 2009, pet. ref’d) (mem. op., not designated for publication). In April 2010, Appellant filed a pro se application for post-conviction forensic DNA testing pursuant to chapter 64 of the code of criminal procedure. In June, the State filed notice with the trial court setting forth the location of evidence potentially containing biological material. In July 2010, the trial court appointed Appellant DNA counsel. In August 2010, the State filed its reply. In September 2010, the trial court denied Appellant’s DNA motion by written order without a hearing.[3] Through appointed counsel, Appellant appeals the trial court’s order.[4]

    III. Factual Background
    The indictment alleged that Appellant killed Linda Donahew by strangling her with his hand or hands, or with an object unknown to the grand jury, or by stabbing her with a knife, or by a combination of the strangulation and stabbing, while committing or attempting to commit aggravated sexual assault. Our direct appeal opinion set out the following facts:
    Bonnie Bishop shared a house with her sister, [Linda] Donahew. On June 1, 1987, Bishop left work and arrived home at approximately 8:00 p.m. She entered the house to find her sister’s nude and blood-covered body lying on the floor in a bedroom closet.
    The autopsy revealed that Donahew had died from manual strangulation and that a secondary cause of death was a stab wound to her neck. The postmortem examination also revealed several hairs found clinched in her hands, DNA artifacts in her mouth, and three foreign pubic hairs in the genital area...
    IN RE ROGER EUGENE FAIN; from Tarrant County; 2nd Court of Appeals District (02-12-00499-CV, ___ SW3d ___, 12-20-12)
    Supreme Court of Texas, Denied, March 29, 2013
    Last edited by bessie; 08-06-2013 at 05:19 AM.

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  4. #4
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    Aug 2008
    New Orleans, LA
    Older articles about Fain:
    Evidence Links Killer with Unsolved Case
    The Victoria Advocate
    January 4, 2006
    ARLINGTON A man serving a life sentence for a 1994 murder has been linked to the 1987 death of an Arlington woman after investigators recently retested DNA evidence.
    DNA Evidence Leads To Conviction In Rape-Slaying
    December 19, 2007
    The retesting of DNA evidence in a 1987 slaying helped lead to the conviction of a man already serving life in prison for a 1994 killing.
    Newest Midland bailiff recalls Fort Davis standoff
    Posted: Wednesday, July 1, 2009 12:00 am
    Bob Campbell Staff Writer

    The most dangerous was Roger Eugene Fain Jr., who is imprisoned for murdering a Round Rock woman in 1994. "James Bond, who is retired here from the Texas & Southwestern Cattle Raisers, was with the Round Rock PD when we caught Fain," said Benningfield.

    Also suspected in the deaths of women in 1987 in Arlington and 1994 in Austin, Fain had come to their attention when he took part in searches, the second one with his hand bandaged for injuries from beating the second woman to death, Benningfield said.
    Pair Arrested in Kidnapping
    Ocala Star-Banner
    January 30,1976
    Ormond Beach, Florida -- Two DeLand men have been jailed without bond in the abduction of a wealthy businessman and his wife from their waterfront home.
    Volusian Escapes Prison
    Daytona Beach Morning Journal
    June 12, 1976
    by Lee Hansen
    One of two men jailed for the January abduction of an Ormond Beach couple escaped prison Wednesday...
    Escapee Possibly Sighted in Area
    Daytona Beach Morning Journal
    June 13, 1976
    by Lee Hansen
    Leslie and Charlotte Wicks surprised the armed pair as they ransacked the Wicks' home.

    [Fain] spent at least three years in a state training school after he was convicted in Juvenile Court on a 1970 rape charge in connection with an attack on an Ormond Beach housewife.
    Last edited by bessie; 08-06-2013 at 05:29 AM.

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