Women arrested here moved to Collin Co. to face capital murder charges

Cynthia Alixandra Wingate, 29, and Carmen Abigail Moreno, 23, were booked into the Collin County Jail Tuesday. (Collin Co. booking photos)
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WACO, Texas (KWTX) Two women arrested following a traffic stop on Interstate 35 in the Bruceville-Eddy area have been transferred to Collin County where they face capital murder charges in a brutal double killing.

Cynthia Alixandra Wingate, 29, and Carmen Abigail Moreno, 23, were booked into the Collin County Jail Tuesday after McLennan County District Attorney Barry Johnson dismissed local charges against the pair earlier in the day to expedite prosecution of the capital murder cases.

Johnson earlier said he planned to dismiss the charges, subject to refile, in order to get the two women to Collin County to face the capital murder charges.

Bonds on the capital murder charges were set at $750,000.

Wingate and Moreno are charged in the deaths of Theresa Ann Coomes, 71, and Jimmy Michael Farris, 72, whom police found dead in their apartment early in the morning on Nov. 18 in the 2300 block of Peeble Vale Drive in Plano.

Wingate and Moreno were arrested after a traffic stop on Nov. 17.

Wingate was charged locally with possession of a controlled substance, fraudulent possession of identification materials and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

Moreno was charged with possession of a controlled substance, possession of a dangerous drug, fraudulent possession of identification material and unauthorized use of a motor vehicle.

She’s also named in a Hidalgo County warrant charging possession of a controlled substance, which remains in effect.

Plano police investigators questioned the two women on Nov. 18, the day after they were arrested, but Plano authorities have released few details about the killings.

Deputies pulled over a southbound car, which authorities say Wingate was driving at around 9 p.m. on Nov. 17 and discovered two knives, one of which was covered in blood, debit cards and medical documents linked to the two Plano residents and 3.2 grams of methamphetamine, McLennan County Sheriff Parnell McNamara said.

As deputies were dealing with the first driver, a second car pulled up on the shoulder and a woman, identified as Moreno, who was covered in blood got out and told them she needed to get something from the woman who was driving the first car, he said.

The deputies searched the second car and found methamphetamine, he said.

They also found cellphones and a wallet that belonged to the Plano man and then determined that the vehicles were not registered to either of the women and that at least one was registered to the Plano resident.

Deputies contacted Plano police and officers were sent to the address shown on the registration.

Officers had to kick in the door of the home to gain entry and inside found two elderly people dead from knife wounds, McNamara said.

"It's just a brutal murder from what Plano police describe to us," McNamara said.