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Update on Incident at 9888 United #706

April 12, 2006 -- Houston police have arrested and charged a 35-year-old man with the capital murder of two women related to a homicide that occurred at 9888 United #706 on Monday, April 10, 2006 around 3:41 p.m.

Houston Police Department Homicide Division Investigators S. Straughter and C.T. Hufstedler charged Derrick Lamar White (b/m DOB 10-31-70) with the murders of 35-year-old Tanynika Berry and 34-year-old Arriana Trivette Mingo. Berry and Mingo lived at the apartment on United along with Mingo*s children. Derrick White, who was the boyfriend of Berry, was known to stay there on occasion.

On Monday April 10, 2006 officers were called to the apartment complex where the body of Tanynika Berry was found in an outdoor storage closet. Arriana Mingo*s family, who found Berry*s body, told officers that Arriana was also missing and officers conducted a search for her and her missing car, discovered that the car had been towed on April 9, 2006 from private property to a storage lot on Rhonda Lane. Mingo*s body was found in the trunk.

On April 11, 2006 Derrick White voluntarily turned himself in to police at the Northwest Patrol Station on Ley Road. He was taken to the HPD Homicide Division where he confessed that on Friday April 7, 2006 he killed both Berry and Mingo.

The cause of death is pending an autopsy.

Update AW/ RMM 4-12-06
AW/ MES 4-11-06
Inc # 056274806

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