Tyler Police detective investigates cold cases

TYLER (TYLER MORNING TELEGRAPH) - They are two crime scenes with different types of evidence left behind, but both homicides have a common connection, according to Tyler police detectives -- they remain unsolved.
Detective Kenneth Gardner sat in a conference room at the Tyler Police Department recently with several massive files in front of him that detailed the three homicides he is working.

Tapping a finger on one of the files, the veteran officer said, "Let's start with this one."

Gardner opened the file and began detailing the events surrounding the Sept. 11, 2010, shooting deaths of 38-year-old Felicia Mosley and 49-year-old Pedro Flores.

"He was found outside the little house, and she was inside. Both apparently were shot multiple times, and his cellphone was missing,"

Gardner said of the double killing that occurred in the 900 block of East Line Street.

Gardner said police have a possible suspect in the case, but they believe he may be in Mexico still after being deported for another crime.

"If someone out there has information that can tie our suspect to the crime, then we need their help," he said.

Gardner said he believes the homicide was a result of a drug deal gone wrong.

He said Ms. Mosley was a known drug user, but it wasn't clear why Flores was at the location that night.

Closing the file, Gardner opened the other binder in front of him and said that while there is no suspect in the Harold Davinci Miller case, he does have good DNA evidence.

Miller was found shot to death in his home in the 4500 block of Edinburgh Drive on Feb. 24, 2011, after a fire broke out in the residence.

Gardner said the fire has not been ruled accidental, but it could have started as a result of a heater being knocked over during a struggle.

Because there were no signs of forced entry, Gardner thinks the 28-year-old Miller knew his attacker.

"There was definitely a struggle that took place before the victim was shot multiple times," he said.

The struggle might help detectives locate the person or people responsible for Miller's death.

"There was DNA from the suspect in several locations inside the house that we were able to get and the results show we are looking for a male suspect," he said.

However, after conducting more than 20 interviews in the case, Gardner is no closer to identifying suspects.

"We ran the DNA through (Combined DNA Index System, or CODIS), but we did not get any hits," he said.

CODIS stores the DNA from violent criminals from multiple states, and DNA being fed into the system can lead investigators to a suspect with a match.

Gardner said someone knows who might be involved, and all he needs is a name.

"We can get their DNA and test it, but we need some people to look at," he said.

Gardner asked anyone with information in either case to contact his office at 903-531-1000 or through the Tyler/Smith County Crimestoppers at 903-597-2833.

He said potential witnesses can remain anonymous.


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