Whoever killed Dennis and Norma Woodruff, investigators believe, was comfortable enough following the murders to walk through their house and perhaps take a shower.

An affidavit filed by Texas Ranger Jeff Collins, which was used to obtain the arrest warrant for Brandon Woodruff, said no signs of a struggle were found at the Woodruff’s residence, nothing was missing and all of the doors and windows had been locked.

A firearm Collins believed was used in the killings may have been stolen from the home of Brandon Woodruff’s girlfriend.

And a former neighbor of the Woodruffs said he observed Brandon Woodruff arrive at the family’s former home in Heath at the time the defendant allegedly told investigators he was driving around Dallas and Plano before returning to the campus of Abilene Christian University, where he was enrolled as a freshman.

According to the affidavit, Todd Williams, a longtime friend of the Woodruff family, was contacted by Norma Woodruff’s sister on the evening of Oct. 18. No one had spoken to either Norma or Dennis Woodruff since 9 p.m. Oct. 16 and the sister asked Williams, who lived near the Woodruff’s Royse City area residence, to check on the couple.

Williams and another man drove to the location on County Road 2648, found all the doors and windows locked, knocked on the door and received no answer.

After calling the sister and informing her of what he had found, the sister instructed Williams to try and enter the home regardless.

Williams gained entry by prying open a window and found the couple dead in the living room.

Investigators said there was no sign of a struggle and nothing had been taken from the home. The Woodruffs had received bullet and stab wounds to the face and neck, according to the affidavit.

Blood trails leading from the bodies led to a front bedroom and a front bathroom, Collins said, and it appeared the bathroom and maybe the shower had been used.

The affidavit indicated Brandon Woodruff told investigators he had been at the home, where the family had moved about a month earlier from a residence in Heath, during the weekend in question, but left between 6 and 7 p.m. Oct. 16.

However, a former neighbor said in the affidavit he observed Brandon Woodruff arrive at the Heath residence at around 11 p.m. Oct. 16. The next morning, the neighbor said, the car Woodruff had been driving was parked at the home and a pickup which belonged to the couple which had been at the house was gone.

According to the affidavit, the mother of Woodruff’s girlfriend said a .45 caliber Long Colt handgun was discovered missing from their residence the day after the murders were alleged to have taken place. Collins noted in the affidavit that the ammunition used with such a firearm “was consistent with the projectiles recovered from the bodies.”

The girlfriend and a former classmate of Woodruff’s were reported in the affidavit to have told Collins of “mysterious deaths of several animals to include a horse, dog and lamb in Brandon Woodruff’s care.”

The affidavit also claimed Woodruff had once killed a mother cat by hitting it in the head with a shovel and then dropped the kittens from an overpass.

While the affidavit alleged Woodruff’s sister had told investigators her father had an anger management problem and that Woodruff “had inherited their father's temperament.”

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