BAYTOWN, Texas - Baytown Police have announced an arrest in the Mother's Day murder of a woman in 2016.
According to Baytown PD, Byron Lloyd Collins Jr. has been charged with capital murder in connection with the death of 50-year-old Nataliya Shal.
Shal was found inside her Baytown apartment in the 300 block of Baker Road on May 8, 2016. Police say she was "brutally" murdered. According to court documents, Collins also allegedly sexually assaulted her.
“We got a killer off the streets. I hope they can sleep a little better tonight,” said Baytown Police Lt. Steve Dorris.
“She was always a full-of-life person," said Sheila Shelton, neighbor. "Always smiling - every time I saw her she was smiling."
There were no signs of forced entry.
Shelton said Shal had moved to Houston from Russia about a year ago and spent most of her time at the apartment as her husband was on the road as a truck driver. Shal's husband was out of town at the time.
Police said they were called to the home by the husband after he reported that he hadn’t heard from his wife for several hours. Responding officers looked through a window and spotted the woman.
Baytown Police say they were able to hone in on Collins using advanced DNA detective work. They said DNA evidence collected from the crime scene was compared to DNA in prison inmate databases. One of the prisoners had a close match to the evidence which lead detectives to the inmate’s brother, Byron Collins.
Police say Collins lives off-and-on at the complex where the murdered occurred.
Dorris said detectives performed surveillance on Collins and were able to obtain DNA from used cigarette butts the suspect discarded. Police say the DNA was a match.
Collins could be facing life in prison or the death penalty if convicted of capital murder.
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