A woman who led Texas troopers on a chase to Comanche County was found to be driving a missing Houston man’s car — and that man was then found dead in her apartment, according to court records.
Troopers encountered 24-year-old Kelly Slayton following a road rage clash Dec. 20 in Hamilton — about 68 miles west of Waco — but she fled and crashed the vehicle in the neighboring county. Houston investigators were flagged two days later when it became apparent that her vehicle belonged to missing man Joshua Pavey, whose friends said he vanished Dec. 19 after going to see a woman.
Slayton was charged in Pavey’s death after investigators entered her Cypress-area apartment and found him with a fatal gunshot wound to the neck — four days after he disappeared. His death has been deemed a homicide, according to medical examiner records.
Police retraced Pavey’s steps to a night at Main Event in Katy.
Pavey told a friend that he was leaving the business to go meet with a woman, court documents show. That rendezvous fell through and the friend learned that Pavey was off to meet a second woman — whose social media photos were shared in an exchange of messages. Police believe the woman in the photos was Slayton.
The investigators went to Slayton’s apartment in the 11800 block of Hammond Drive and spoke to an apartment complex manager who said an employee recently went inside her home to drop off a package, according to charging papers. There was a foul odor, the manager said. A search warrant was used Dec. 23 to enter the apartment and police found his body on a bed.
A review of surveillance footage shows Pavey arriving at the apartment complex around 10:30 p.m. on the night he vanished. He was last seen alive in the video at around 11:40 p.m., according to court records.
The hours that follow are depicted as Slayton re-parking Pavey’s car and “moving multiple items” out of the apartment. She then left around 5:40 a.m. and did not return, investigators wrote.
Slayton faces a slew of charges throughout Texas, including murder in Harris; evading arrest in Comanche County and aggravated out of Hamilton County. Prosecutors outlined in bail paperwork that she was also wanted in Kansas.
She is being held at the Comanche County Jail with the pending murder case in Houston. The courts in Hamilton and Comanche counties are closed through Jan. 4, records show.
Pavey’s death is among the nearly 400 murders that Houston police investigators have logged this year.
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