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Texas Man Accused of Killing Woman Who Had HIV

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(CNN) -- A Texas man accused of killing a woman after learning she had HIV is now behind bars.

Twenty-two-year-old Justin Welch was booked into the Angelina County Jail on Tuesday.

He and a second suspect, Rosalind Welch Smith, both face charges in the death of 30-year-old Elisha Henson, whose body was found last month.

On Thursday, the Angelina County Sheriff's Office charged 22-year-old Justin Welch and 41-year-old Rosalind Welch Smith with the murder of 30-year-old Elisha Henson.

Smith was immediately brought into custody for the role she may have played in the murder, but Welch went running.

"You know everyone is innocent until proven guilty in the court of law, and normally I expect everyone to say they didn't do it," said Maleeha Kamal.

Sheriff Greg Sanches says for the last six days, Welch has been hiding in the San Antonio area.

"According to the affidavit released by the Angelina County Sheriff's Department, their investigation shows that Welch knowingly placed an electric cord around Elisha Henson's neck to cut off blood circulation which resulted in her death," said Sheriff Greg Sanches.

Authorities believe that Henson's positive HIV status was the motive behind her death.

The affidavit also states that Smith told investigators that Welch was shocked when he over heard Smith and Henson talking about the Henson status.

Smith told investigators that she saw Welch murder Elisha Henson. She even asked him why he did it. He responded, "She had AIDS and she's killing other people."

But on Tuesday, Welch repeatedly stated outside of the courtroom that he was innocent.

Sanches says the investigation isn't over yet.

Welch is being held at an Angelina County Jail.

His bond has been set at $250,000.

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