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PHOENIX -- Police have released a 130-page report detailing the investigation that led them to their suspects in the torture killing of a wheelchair-bound man.
Torture killing details
Police report details torture killing investigation - Police have released a 130-page report detailing the investigation that led them to their suspects in the torture killing of a wheelchair-bound man.
In a jailhouse interview with 3TV, Angela Simpson confessed to killing and dismembering Terry Neely last month.
"I killed him and cut him up," she stated without emotion.
In the police report, investigators said a homeless woman saw Simpson and Neely together several times before Neely was killed.
Detectives also believe Simpson might have had something to do the killing of a cat and a kitten. Both were found in the back of the same apartment where Neely was tortured and killed. The report said the kitten had been cut up into four pieces.
The police report also explains what led investigators to Edward McFarland, better known as "Cracker."
According to the paperwork, Cracker was caught on surveillance video at a Phoenix Circle K. He spent $3 to fill up a small gas can. That video was shot just an hour before Neely's charred body was found in a trash bin behind a North Phoenix church. Later that day, Cracker was seen at a Quik-Trip at 19th Avenue and Cheryl, where he bought a new gas can.
The police report also mentions a white Buick or Pontiac leaving the area where Neely's body was discovered. Investigators believe that vehicle was Cracker's 1988 Chevy Celebrity.
Officers arrested Cracker a couple of days after Neely's murder. According to the report, he was walking out of a K-Mart near Interstate 17 and Northern Avenue. He was carrying a gun and also had drugs and a needle on him. Police said they heard Cracker say, "What took you so long?"
While Simpson admitted to the killing in her interview with 3TV, she has pleaded not guilty to first-degree murder.