Woman arrested after hit-run victim allegedly left to die
Police: Suspect said she was drinking, using ecstasy before crash
FORT WORTH, Texas (CNN) -- A Fort Worth woman is charged with murder for allegedly hitting a man with her car and leaving him lodged in the vehicle's windshield to die.
Police said Chante J. Mallard, 25, has admitted hitting Gregory Biggs last October and then going home instead of getting help.
Mallard was arrested Wednesday night and was released after posting bail. She faces five years to life in prison if convicted.
Mallard, a nursing assistant, told police she was afraid to call for help because she had been drinking and using the drug ecstasy before the crash.
Police said Biggs pleaded for help before he died.
"She basically drove to her house, parked the car with him still inside of it, still alive, asking for help in the garage, shut the garage door and she basically goes and checks on him for the next two or three days," said Fort Worth police Lt. David Burgess.
"We have information that shows that the person was on there long enough that they lived, suffered and they were not given medical attention and that it would have made a difference if they were," said Tarrant County prosecutor Richard Alpert.
Authorities said that after Biggs died, Mallard and some friends dumped his body in a park, where it was found October 27.
The crime went unsolved until police received a tip last month that led them to Mallard.
The car was still in her garage and police found Biggs' blood and hair in the smashed windshield, police said. The car's seats had been burned in the back yard, police said.
If convicted of the murder charges, Mallard could be sentenced to life in prison.
Police said they are looking for the people who helped dump the body, and plan to file charges against them as well.
Mallard's attorney, Mike Heiskell, said she is "not the animal or monster the police are portraying her to be. Not this cold inhumane person that we've heard about."
According to The Associated Press, Biggs, 37, had struggled with mental illness and had been staying at a homeless shelter, where workers said he often brought them flowers. He was estranged from his mother and sister. He also had a 19-year-old son who only recently found out about the tragic death, relatives said.
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