Brown County Sheriff Bobby Grubbs said he had little new information to release after investigators met Monday morning to discuss their case against a man accused in his ex-wife’s murder.
Grubbs said the purpose of Monday’s meeting was to “assign people to do the legwork” to get the case to District Attorney Micheal Murray’s office.
Jessie Leon McCord, 45, of Bangs, remained in the Brown County Jail on a first degree murder charge. McCord’s bond has been set at $500,000.
Grubbs said Denise Banks, 59, was stabbed to death following an apparent domestic dispute. He said the motive is unknown.
Banks and McCord’s divorce was finalized in November 2004, records in the Brown County District Clerk’s Office show.
Grubbs said investigators think Banks was likely killed at McCord’s home Wednesday evening. Investigators think her body was placed in a Dumpster and emptied along with the Dumpster’s other contents into a sanitation truck, then transported to the landfill Thursday, Grubbs said.
A landfill worker discovered the body while pushing trash with a dozer, Grubbs said.
The landfill was closed briefly Friday morning, but reopened after a short time.
He said Bangs police found Banks’ abandoned vehicle Wednesday, and went to McCord’s home to try to find her. No one knew at that point that anything had happened to Banks, he said.
Investigators learned about the discovery of her abandoned vehicle, and that led to developing a tentative identification of the victim, Grubbs said, based on evidence at the scene.
He said while investigators are confident the victim is Banks, they are awaiting autopsy results from the Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office for confirmation of her identity. The sheriff’s department said the medical examiner’s office has tentatively identified the body as Banks, and issued a preliminary cause of death as homicide by stabbing.