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Deaths of Plano elderly pair connected to arrest of two women in McLennan County considered homicide

Plano police said they would investigate the deaths of a man and woman in their seventies as a homicide.


The deaths of an elderly couple in Plano were ruled homicides Tuesday by Plano police.

Theresa Ann Coomes, 71, and Jimmy Michael Farris, 72, were found dead in a Plano home Monday.

Police were sent to the home by the McLennan County Sheriff's Office who arrested two women who had several personal items that belonged to the couple.

A McLennan County Sheriff Deputy K9 officer pulled one of the women over on I-35 near Bruceville-Eddy Sunday night, according to Sheriff Parnell McNamara.

According to the arrest affidavit, the driver was driving in the left lane without passing.

The officer identified the driver as Cynthia Wingate, 29, and found what appeared to be a little over 3 grams of methamphetamine in the car, the affidavit said.

The officer said Wingate gave him permission to search the vehicle where he also found several debit and credit cards and medical documentation belonging to two elderly people, according to the affidavit.

The officer also found two large knives in the car, one with blood on the blade and handle.

During the traffic stop, a woman driving a Toyota pulled over in front of the car Wingate was driving, according to the affidavit.

The woman, identified as Carmen Moreno, 23, got out of the Toyota and told the officers she wanted to get something from Wingate.

As she was speaking to the officers, they said a white pill of Acetaminophen/Codeine, fell out of her jacket pocket.

The affidavit also said Moreno had what appeared to be blood on her jacket.

The officers then searched the car Moreno was driving and found debit and credit cards, social security cards and driver's licenses. They also found what appeared to be methamphetamine, according to the affidavit.

The officers contacted Plano police and asked that they do a welfare check on the owners of the two vehicles. Police said that's when they found the bodies of Coomes and Farris.

McNamara described the scene inside the home as a "brutal homicide."

Wingate and Moreno were booked into the McLennan County jail on charges of possession of a controlled substance, possession of a dangerous drug, possession of a fraudulent I.D., and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Both of their bonds were set at a total of $112,500, according to jail records.

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