What a terrifying case. Ladies, no matter where you are, stay armed and dangerous.
Police in this small Ellis County town are investigating their first homicide in a decade after a fitness instructor was murdered early Monday morning at a local church.
Terri Leann “Missy” Bevers, 45, arrived at Creekside Church of Christ on Highway 287 about 4:18 a.m. Monday.
She was there to set up for an early morning “boot camp” class for Camp Gladiator, said police spokesman Capt. John Spann.
The person suspected of killing Bevers was already roaming the church halls dressed in tactical gear similar to what SWAT officers would wear. The uniform featured “Police” patches front and back.
“His intent was to look like a police officer,” said Midlothian police Chief Carl Smith.
Bevers was still unloading equipment from her gray F-150 pickup truck when she was killed inside the church building. Police would not reveal how they think she died.
Motion-activated surveillance footage from the church shows the suspect inside for the first time at about 3:50 a.m., almost 30 minutes before Bevers arrived.
Detectives said they did not see a weapon on the suspect in the video, aside from a tool that they believe was used to break out windows and gain access to the building. It is unclear if the suspect was armed with anything else.