Colleyville police say 26-year-old Bernard Gorman faces a murder warrant in a scam to collect on $1 million insurance without the victim's knowledge.
Gorman was arrested and is being detained in relation to the murder of Anita Fox (73), an elderly housekeeper who was found stabbed to death last year. Polk County jail records show Gorman was being held without bond Thursday.
Colleyville Police Chief Michael Holder says Fox was found slain in September at a residence where she worked. She was discovered at a house in Colleyville with stab wounds to her head, back and chest areas.
According to the Star Telegram
, it was the city’s first homicide in 23 years.
Holder says the suspect's late father Gerard Gorman - who recently died of natural causes in January - fatally stabbed Fox.
Police allege the victim had been followed by two suspects in the days leading up to her death. They believe the father-son duo planned to murder Fox and collect an insurance policy.
The Telegram reported that greed was the motive, and that the Gormans planned to collect on a $1 million life insurance policy in Fox’s name. Gorman was part of a group of three people paying for the policy.
The arrest results from a months-long investigation launched by the U.S. Attorney's office in Columbia, South Carolina.
Colleyville Police Chief Mike Holder said: “Our investigation discovered an elaborate, organised scheme, organised by several individuals and designed to obtain fraudulent life insurance policies.
“Specific to our investigation, we discovered there was an insurance policy issued on Miss Fox, for at least seven figures.”