Arlington police have made an arrest in connection with the brutal murder of 67-year-old Signe Edwards.
On June 9, Edwards' body was found in her bedroom inside her southwest Arlington home by police officers conducting a welfare check. Officers at the scene reported Edwards suffered a massive trauma to her head and face. The Tarrant County medical examiner later determined Edwards died from multiple lacerations described as chop wounds.
Arlington police said Friday that early on in the investigation detectives learned Shane Lee Dixon, 37, of Fort Worth, had worked as a handyman for Edwards and that, according to multiple witnesses, the two had recently had a falling out.
According to those witnesses, Edwards had given Dixon both a gun to be repaired and the money needed to cover the cost of the repair. After some time had passed Edwards had become upset that Dixon refused to return either.
On June 17, Arlington police learned that Dixon had been arrested in Oklahoma by the Caddo County Sheriff's Department on unrelated traffic charges. Detectives from the Arlington Police Department went to Oklahoma to interview Dixon and confirmed that he had worked for Edwards, though he told them he had not been to the house in weeks.
Police said on Friday that a search of Dixon's vehicle revealed blood evidence that was later determined to be a match for Edwards. Police said a latent fingerprint found at Edwards' home was a match for Dixon. Based on the findings, including additional details not yet released by police, the Arlington Police Department said Dixon is facing a murder charge.
Dixon has returned to Texas and is currently being held in the Tarrant County Jail on $525,000 bond. NBC 5 has learned Dixon has a 2008 conviction for assault causing bodily injury in Kennedale and a 1994 conviction for retaliation in Arlington.