Lubbock police have charged Clarence Hooker with the 2004 murder of 78-year-old Mary Elizabeth Davis.
Davis, known around Lubbock as the Candy Lady, was found stabbed to death inside her home on Globe Street in January 2004.
Her passing rocked the east Lubbock community including neighbor and former city councilman T. J. Patterson, who said Davis was well known and thought of.
"She wasn't the mayor of Lubbock, she was just Ms. Davis, the candy lady that cared about human beings," Patterson said.
Patterson and other neighbors who knew Davis said they were relieved to hear police have filed a charge after so many years.
"It's going to bring the neighborhood closer together because the local authorities do care. The system can work," Patterson said.
Neighbors say Davis left behind at least one daughter and other family members.
Hooker is behind bars in a Texas prison on an unrelated charge. Police say DNA evidence led them to Hooker, but haven't told us if they believe the two knew each other.
Lubbock police released the following statement on Monday:
Charges have been filed in a previously unsolved murder case from 2004.
On Jan. 7, 2004, LPD officers responded to the home of Mary Elizabeth Davis, 78, at 2622 Globe Ave. to conduct a welfare check. Family and neighbors were concerned because she had not been seen for several days. Ms. Davis was found deceased inside the residence, having sustained multiple stab wounds.
There were no immediate leads in the case that resulted in any arrests. Detectives working the case submitted evidence for DNA processing at the time but it did not generate any useful leads.
In recent months, detectives resubmitted evidence that was recovered at the original scene in hopes that advances in DNA technology would possibly open a new lead in the case. DNA results received in January 2011 indicated a match with a previously unknown suspect, Clarence Lee Hooker, 46.
Detectives continued the investigation using this new information and eventually were able to submit a murder charge to the Lubbock County District Attorney's Office who issued a warrant for the arrest of Hooker.
Hooker is currently incarcerated on unrelated charges.
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