Tarrant County grand jury charges man with capital murder – NBC 5 Dallas-Fort Worth
A Tarrant County grand jury on Tuesday returned an indictment for the murder of an Arlington woman whose body was discovered in the crawl space under the West Fort Worth home of the man charged with the assaulted, prosecutors say.
Valerian Osteen, 24, faces a capital murder charge in the death of Marissa Grimes, the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office said in a statement Tuesday.
Grimes, a 26-year-old mother of two, was reported missing by her family in early February. His body was found weeks later after officers served a search warrant at the Fort Worth home where Osteen lived, police said.
The Tarrant County Medical Examiner’s Office determined that Grimes died of blunt force trauma to the head.
Police say Osteen was released on bail following an arrest in early January for a domestic violence offense in which Grimes was the victim. He was charged with assaulting, threatening and holding Grimes against his will for several days, NBC 5 News reported in February.
Osteen was released from jail Jan. 12 after posting $10,000 bond for aggravated assault and $5,000 for unlawful restraint, according to the district attorney’s office. The arrest warrant, however, said Osteen had posted $5,000 bond.
Osteen was released with a GPS ankle monitor and ordered to stay away from Grimes. He reportedly learned that Grimes had planned to leave the area, according to the police document.
On Tuesday, the grand jury also charged Osteen with aggravated assault with a deadly weapon and unlawful restraint in the January incident.
The case prompted the Tarrant County District Attorney‘s Office to issue a press release appearing to criticize the bail system that got Osteen out of jail in January despite his criminal history and potential threat to Grimes.
Police were also searching for other potential victims, asking the public in February to contact detectives for any potential cases “that may yet be unknown,” Fort Worth police spokesman Daniel Segura said in February.
Anyone with information about this case or Osteen is asked to call Det. J. Cedillo at 817-392-4337.
If convicted, capital murder in the state of Texas is punishable by death or life in prison without the possibility of parole.