Printed on: July 24, 2013

Document: Teen's DNA linked him to girl's death


SAGINAW, Texas (AP) -- A teenager suspected of suffocating his 6-year-old neighbor with plastic bags, wrapping her body in a tarp and dumping it about a mile from her home was shot Tuesday in an exchange of gunfire with officers trying to serve arrest and search warrants.

A police detective who was seriously wounded was expected to recover. He was part of a task force that went to 17-year-old Tyler Holder's home in the Fort Worth suburb of Saginaw to serve the warrants about 9 a.m. Tuesday.

According to a capital murder arrest warrant affidavit, authorities suspect Holder suffocated Alanna Gallagher, who was found with plastic bags taped around her neck. Holder's DNA matched evidence found on the girl's body.