Police say a Fort Worth hospital manager who murdered two women at a bank in Parker County was being blackmailed by the women.
The suspect in custody is 33-year-old Christopher Wall. Police say the victims arranged to meet at the Willow Park Bank parking lot, where they were shot and killed on Saturday. Willow Park is about 20 miles west of Fort Worth.
Willow Park police say a man accused of capital murder for shooting two young women was being blackmailed. A third woman who waited in the car and survived told police what she saw.
Wall is on unpaid leave from his manager job at JPS Hospital in Fort Worth following his arrest. Willow Park police say Wall met the women on the social media app, Backpage.
“It's a site where you make connections for various purposes — many of them illicit,” explained Willow Park Police Chief Carrie West.
A police arrest warrant affidavit says the women met Wall to give him a massage.
“Re-contacted him after telling him they had recorded him or had a recording of him soliciting sex from them,” West said. "And from there, they started extorting money from him.”
Police document says they "extorted approximately $8,000 from Wall. The meeting in Willow Park was an attempt to get more money from him."
Police say it was Wall's idea to meet the women after hours at a bank parking lot. Investigators say 23-year-old Ashley Pohorence and 21-year-old Krista McClellan got in Wall's car but got out in a hurry. Police say Wall got out and shot the two women in the head.
“Desperation does different things to different people,” West said.
A third woman was waiting in the women's car, and she sped away. Wall was later arrested at his family's home in Weatherford.
"I could hear, ‘Come out with your hands up!’” recalled Angela Cameron, who witnessed Wall’s arrest.
Police say eventually Wall came out.
“The gentleman who's the man accused of doing all this, I watched him come out of the house with his hands up,” Cameron said. “And he was very cooperative, and they got him."
Investigators are working to find the recording the two victims told Wall they had. Police say the other woman is considered a witness.
“These two young ladies are human beings,” West said. “They are somebody's daughter, presumably somebody's sister. And it's our job to bring justice for the families."
Police say the women came from Arlington to meet with Wall. Investigators are checking to see if the recording the woman told wall they had actually exists.