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Houston man to be arraigned on kidnapping related to Jeff Davis body

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 A 30-year-old Houston man is set to appear in federal court on charges of kidnapping of an employee with the U.S. Postal Service - the woman was later found dead in Jeff Davis Parish.

A criminal complaint was filed under seal on Monday, after Don Gaines, 30, was arrested. He's been charged with kidnapping. He is expected to appear before U.S. Magistrate Judge Frances Stacey Wednesday morning. He's accused of kidnapping the mother of his children, Gayla Roy, strangling her and then driving her to a wooded area in Jeff Davis Parish and shooting her in the head. 

According to a release from the U.S. Attorney's Office in Houston, the charges allege that Gaines did unlawfully seize, confine, kidnap, abduct and carry away the victim without her consent from Texas to Louisiana for the purpose of killing her or disposing of her body. The victim had been reported missing after she had not shown up for work for two days.

According to the criminal complaint, Gaines worked at the same location as the victim at the time of the alleged crime and was the father of her two children.

On or about Sept. 11, Gaines allegedly choked the victim in her car and he believed she was dead, the charges allege. However, while transporting her, the woman regained consciousness, according to the charges. Gaines allegedly continued to transport her against her will. The criminal complaint alleges that during the trip, Gaines stopped the car along the feeder road of Interstate 10, took the victim into the woods where he shot her in the head and abandoned her body. 

If convicted, Gaines could potentially face the death penalty.

The U.S. Postal Inspection Service conducted the investigation along with the Calcasieu Parish, Louisiana, and Harris County Sheriff’s Offices; Louisiana State University; Louisiana State Police and the Houston Police Department. Assistant U.S. Attorneys John Jocher and Jim McAlister are prosecuting the case.

As of late Tuesday, we've been unable to confirm if this case is related to the body that was found on a road near Interstate 10 between Welsh and Iowa in October. That case was also being handled by the U.S. Postal Inspection Service. To see that story, click here.

The arrest affidavit filed along with the complaint against Gaines states that Roy's body was found using the GPS on her vehicle to track areas where it had stopped on the day she disappeared. The affidavit also states that, when they found her, her remains had been reduced to bones. 

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