The ex-boyfriend of a Texas woman whose body was found dismembered and dumped in a shallow ditch in 2019 has been arrested and accused of murder, PEOPLE confirms.
Carl Tates, 61, is being held in the Madison County detention center on no bond on a murder charge, jail records show.
According to a criminal complaint against him out of Harris County, Texas, which was obtained by PEOPLE, Tates is accused of murdering his ex-girlfriend, Demetris Lincoln, 44, who was last heard from on Aug. 16, 2019 before being found in a ditch in St. Landry Parish, La., two days later.
According to the complaint, Lincoln filed multiple police reports in Houston alleging Tates had assaulted and threatened her during their relationship. Lincoln’s mother and sister told police that shortly before her death, Lincoln had told Tates she planned to end their relationship, and in response, Tates allegedly threatened to kill her.
The complaint, citing Houston Police Department reports, says Lincoln had alleged to Houston officers that Tates had told her “she would regret it” if he ever found her with another man.
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SOURCE: PEOPLE, Greg Hanlon