Man accused of strangling girlfriend to death, burning body in back of vehicle

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by Larry Seward / KHOU 11 News and KHOU.com staff

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Posted on June 4, 2014 at 11:42 AM

Updated Wednesday, Jun 4 at 6:14 PM

HOUSTON – Charges have been filed against the boyfriend of a woman whose body was found in the back of a burned vehicle near White Oak Bayou.

Derrick Calvin Worrell, 41, has been charged with murder.

Worrell was dating Felicia Minor, a 39-year-old woman who went missing over the weekend. She had an on-again, off-again relationship with Worrell, and there was a history of domestic violence. Worrell attacked Minor in February, according to court records.

“My reaction is I’m shocked that anybody would do anything like that to any human being,” Clyde Hazel, who lives across the street from the couple.

Sunday, Minor was in a wedding for Worrell’s sister. That night, Minor and Worrell hosted a barbecue and party for friends.

Worrell’s niece told KHOU 11 News the couple seemed fine. The next morning, loved ones leaving town stopped by to say goodbye. However, no one answered the door.

When Minor’s family had not seen or heard from her, they grew worried, knowing of the rocky relationship she and Worrell had.

Minor’s burnt out vehicle was found in the 14500 block of Windfern Forest shortly before noon on Monday, with a body was in the backseat. Family members feared it was her even before the medical examiner made a positive identification.

The devastating news was confirmed the following day. The victim was identified as Minor and an autopsy determined the cause of death was strangulation.

In addition to the murder, Harris County Sheriff’s deputies connected Worrell to another crime almost immediately after Minor’s car was set on fire. Deputies say Worrell allegedly grabbed and pushed a woman outside a nearby LA Fitness, then took her 2008 Mazda. Another man was nearly carjacked in the same lot.

Witnesses positively identified Worrell as the suspect fleeing the scene of the car fire and robbing the woman at the fitness center, deputies said.

Investigators questioned Worrell about Minor’s murder, but he refused to cooperate. He is currently awaiting trial in the Harris County Jail.

“Why did he do it,” Hazel asked. “He took somebody’s mother, sister, and somebody’s aunt from them. Did he have any remorse behind what he did?”

On the phone, Worrell’s niece told KHOU 11 News she is shocked, disgusted and confused. Minor’s family is too emotional for interviews. They are planning a funeral. However, without life insurance for Minor, the family is struggling to make it happen.

They set up a website to raise funds. Still, they are struggling to believe a beloved mother of two may have died at the hands of a man she loved.

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