Graham, Texas - An arrest affidavit has revealed further details about the arrest of a man suspected to be connected to the discovery of Leah Martin’s body.
23-year-old Leah Donnice Martin was reported missing by her father in May of this year. Leah was last heard from on May 29, 2015 by her father, who talked with Leah Martin around 9:30 p.m. that day.
During the investigation, officials learned that Leah Martin had failed to show up for work on May 30, 2015, but that Leah's vehicle was found at her place of employment at EC's Auto Repair in Graham, Texas.
Surveillance video from across the street from the auto repair shop showed at least two people at the shop when Lea pulled into the shop parking lot at approximately 9:30 p.m. on May 29, 2015.
Leah’s father told authorities that Leah had been receiving threatening phone calls from a blocked number. Leah’s father told authorities the threatening phone calls happened on at least two occasions, and that he had listened to one of them.
Investigators spoke with all the employees of EC’s Auto Repair, and none admitted to being at the business past 5 p.m. on May 29, 2015.
On August 5, 2015, law enforcement officers executed an evidentiary search warrant at Ross and Krista Hellams residence at 5656 FM 209 near Graham, Texas.
Human remains, later identified as the remains of Leah Martin, were located in a clandestine grave on the property. There was visible evidence that a backhoe was used to facilitate the clandestine burial.
Records indicated the backhoe was rented by 42-year-old Billy Ray Minkley, Jr. on May 30, 2015 at 8:30 a.m., the morning after Leah Martin was last seen.
On August 10, 2015, investigators interviewed Ross and Krista Hellams, who were in care, custody and control of the property where Leah Martin's body was found. Both said that Minkley brought a backhoe to their residence and property on FM 209, on May 30, 2015.
Both also said they observed Minkley operating the backhoe in the area where the clandestine grave was located.
Police believe that Minkley committed the offense of Tampering With or Fabricating Physical Evidence with Intent to Impair, and that said evidence was a human corpse.