Lakiri L. Tolliver killed 29-year-old Laurielle Faulk: Cops

Lakiri L. Tolliver killed 29-year-old Laurielle Faulk in Houston, Texas, because she believed Faulk was flirting with her boyfriend, according to police. (Houston Police Department)

Police in Houston, Texas, responded on June 27 to a report of a shooting at an apartment complex. A 7-year-old girl answered the door when officers knocked and said her mother was sleeping on a couch under a green blanket.

When officers uncovered the woman, they saw she was not asleep but had a bullet in her head and was dead. Two-and-a-half months later, a 16-page probable cause affidavit filed Tuesday details how Lakiri L. Tolliver allegedly killed 29-year-old Laurielle Faulk and allegedly returned to the crime scene to steal the victim’s belongings. Houston police announced the arrest on Wednesday.

The girl told police that her mother, Tolliver and a man were at the apartment when she went to sleep the night before. The girl was sleeping in her mom’s room when Tolliver woke her up in the morning and told her to go to her room to sleep. She said Tolliver told her her mother was sleeping and saw her put the blanket over her mother. Tolliver then left the girl alone with her mother’s body, according to the affidavit.

Tolliver, 25, took Faulk’s phone and pretended to be Faulk, the affidavit said. She also talked to Faulk’s family on Instagram and claimed a man was the killer. Tolliver claimed the man had a hit out on Faulk, the affidavit said.

The suspect gave several different versions of what happened in the apartment, which raised the suspicions of Faulk’s family members, the affidavit said.

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