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Affidavit: Suspect had scoped out apartment complex where murder victim lived

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Posted at 11:57 AM, Dec 08, 2018
and last updated 2018-12-08 12:57:58-05

The suspect in the murder of a Hillsboro mother had scoped out the apartment where she lived prior to shooting her, according to an arrest affidavit. 

Police said Deonshira Slider was dating suspect Edgar Barr-Lazcano's girlfriend's ex-husband. Witnesses told police that Slider was seen arguing with someone at the mailroom at the Crestridge apartment complex minutes before her murder. According to police, an investigation found that she had been receiving threats before her murder. Her child was in the back seat when she was shot.

Witnesses on the scene of the shooting had told police that on Feb. 23, when Slider was shot through her car door, they had seen a dark-colored SUV speed away from the Crestridge Apartments. 

Hillsboro police found a black Chevy Tahoe at 12:18 p.m. on Feb. 23, driven by Barr, who claimed to have the car to find a job in the Waco area. When questioned, Barr denied any involvement in Slider's murder, initially agreeing to a polygraph test and later refusing to take it. 

On March 1, police spoke to a person who lived at the apartment complex. The person said that on Feb. 22, Barr knocked on his door and asked if a black woman with a little boy lived in the apartment. Barr claimed to have met Slider online. 

The next morning, police said another resident interviewed said that on Feb. 23, Barr was walking back and forth in front of their apartment. When the person asked why Barr was there and what he was doing, Barr told them that his car had broken down and he was waiting for someone to pick him up. 

On Oct. 29, officials received a report a forensics lab in Fort Worth indicating that Barr's jacket from the day of the murder had gun residue consistent with discharging a firearm or being in close proximity of a firearm being discharged. 

Barr was arraigned on Nov. 18 for murder and endangering a child charges. 

His bond was set at $1 million. 

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