The man accused of stabbing his 21-year-old ex-girlfriend to death Sunday morning was previously arrested for assaulting her in 2011.
Thomas Jeremy Jones, 31, is charged with the murder of Kirsten Nicole Farr, 21, of Killeen. Police said Jones stabbed Farr multiple times in the parking lot of the IHOP restaurant on West Central Texas Expressway in Killeen during predawn hours Sunday.
Jones was arrested in December 2011 after Farr told police he punched her in the face during an argument, according to court records. In that incident, Farr told police she managed to get away from Jones and get in her vehicle, but he followed her and jumped on the vehicle’s hood and refused to get off.
Farr said she was afraid and continued to drive with Jones on the car.
Police reported Farr was visibly injured.
Jones was taken to the Killeen City Jail and charged with assault with bodily injury to a family member, a Class A misdemeanor.
However, Farr did not press charges, and the case against Jones was dismissed in September after he completed anger management counseling, according to court records.
On Sunday, Farr was fearful of Jones and had a protective order against him, according to the arrest affidavit,
“My daughter’s been through hell for three years with this guy,” Farr’s father, Anthony Farr, told a group of onlookers at a candlelight vigil for his daughter Sunday night. “We did all we could. The Killeen police did all they could.”
According to the most current data from the Texas Council on Family Violence, 114 women across the state were killed in domestic violence murders in 2012, up from 102 women in 2011. Bell County had one “intimate partner” homicide in 2012, according to the council.
Farr’s death was the third homicide to occur in Killeen in 2014.
Jones was arraigned by Bell County Justice of the Peace Garland Potvin on Monday and taken to Bell County Jail.
Potvin set Jones’ bail at $1 million.
The Killeen Police Department is asking anyone who was at the restaurant between 3 a.m. and 5 a.m. Sunday to contact detectives at 254-501-8854.
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