Thursday, December 29, 2005

OBT: Danielle LeBlanc

Murder suspect found dead
Arlington: Man wanted in girlfriend's slaying apparently shot himself
By HOLLY YAN / The Dallas Morning News / 12:00 AM CST on Saturday, December 24, 2005


Don Wayne Moody, an Arlington man suspected of killing his girlfriend and leaving her body at home with her 2-year-old daughter, apparently committed suicide Friday .

Mr. Moody's body was found in a Laredo hotel room the day after Arlington police issued a warrant for his arrest, department spokeswoman Christy Gilfour said. He is believed to have died from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Police believe Mr. Moody killed 22-year-old Zana Danielle Leblanc, with whom acquaintances said he had a troubled relationship.

"Danielle had also stated that her boyfriend threatened to kill her and himself if she ever tried to break up with him," according to an arrest warrant affidavit that included interviews with Ms. Leblanc's family and a co-worker. The co-worker said Ms. Leblanc was trying to break up with Mr. Moody but was afraid to because "he had hit her when she tried to break up with him in the past."

Relatives of Ms. Leblanc became concerned after not hearing from her for a few days and stopped by her apartment on Sigmond Drive on Tuesday. Ms. Leblanc had been strangled in her bedroom, but her toddler was in good health after getting into the refrigerator on her own.

It was unclear how long Ms. Leblanc had been dead. Ms. Gilfour said Mr. Moody checked into the Laredo hotel on Monday and was supposed to check out on Thursday.

Police seeking slain woman's boyfriend
Arlington: Warrant issued; co-worker, family describe abuse
By JEFF MOSIER / The Dallas Morning News / 12:00 AM CST on Friday, December 23, 2005

ARLINGTON – Police have issued an arrest warrant for the estranged boyfriend of an Arlington woman found strangled this week.

Detectives are trying to locate Don Wayne Moody, 26, who is wanted on suspicion of murder. The body of Zana Danielle Leblanc, 22, was discovered Tuesday afternoon on her bedroom floor after relatives dropped by to find out why she missed work and had not been in touch with them. Ms. Leblanc's 2-year-old daughter was also in the apartment, but the toddler was unharmed.

An arrest warrant affidavit describes Mr. Moody as an abusive boyfriend who often threatened Ms. Leblanc. "Danielle had also stated that her boyfriend threatened to kill her and himself if she ever tried to break up with him," according to police interviews with family and a co-worker.

According to a statement from a co-worker, Ms. Leblanc was trying to break up with Mr. Moody. Mr. Moody, who also goes by Don Wayne Franks, has a long criminal record that includes convictions for assault, possession of marijuana and cocaine and hindering prosecution.

Ms. Leblanc told her mother and stepfather that she was scared of Mr. Moody, according to the affidavit. Her parents also said that Ms. Leblanc once fled her home and stayed in a women's shelter.

A co-worker told police that Ms. Leblanc had recently moved to Arlington with Mr. Moody. According to driver's license records, Ms. Leblanc had previously listed her address as the home of Mr. Moody's parents in Mansfield.

Although they continued to live together, the relationship between Ms. Leblanc and Mr. Moody was unstable.

Ms. Leblanc told a co-worker at the Hooters restaurant where she worked that Mr. Moody was unemployed, refused to look for a job and frequently demanded money.

"Danielle had gotten tired of this and wanted him to go," according to the affidavit.

On some occasions, Mr. Moody became violent and attacked Ms. Leblanc, the co-worker said. She told police that Mr. Moody choked her, threw her against the headboard of her bed and pointed a shotgun at her face several times.

Ms. Leblanc told her co-worker that she planned to tell Mr. Moody he had to leave. According to the affidavit, she was afraid because "he had hit her when she tried to break up with him in the past."