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Suspect arrested for murder after Ferris man’s body found in Dallas

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SHERRY LONG
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DALLAS - The suspected murderer of a Ferris man is sitting in the Lew Sterrett Jail on $1 million bond.

Willis Royce Horsley, 32, was arrested by Dallas Police early Thursday, Oct. 26 on a capital murder charge.

'We don't think the victim knew the suspect,' DPD Sr. Cpl. Jamie Matthews said.

Officials said they think robbery was a motive because the victim's wallet and cell phone were missing.

Serafin Robles, 67 of Ferris was found by Dallas Police in a closet of his house in the 7100 block of Vinland Street in Buckner Terrace at 1:10 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 26.

The Dallas Medical Examiner ruled Robles death as homicidal violence.

Robles had last talked to relatives on Tuesday, Oct. 24 telling them he would be in Dallas spending the day fixing up and cleaning his home since he planned to sell it.

Ellis County Sheriff Lt. Clint Tims said Robles' family became concerned after they did not hear from him on Wednesday.

'He had went to his other residence in Dallas to mow the grass and clean the house,' Tims said.

He said when family members called Robles' cell phone an unknown male picked up demanding several hundred dollars for Robles safe return.

The family contacted the Ellis County Sheriff's department late Wednesday night to report Robles had possibly been kidnapped.

After sheriff deputies checked Robles' home on Ten Mile Road in Ferris finding it to be intact they contacted the Dallas Police Department.

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