Decarol Deloney of Crown Point was identified as the woman found dead in a car trunk in Gary. | Photo provided/Sun-Times Media
Updated: September 1, 2014 7:56AM
GARY — A “fragile” relationship between DeCarol DeLoney-Cain and her 17-year-old daughter Alyssa Barrett deteriorated even more when the teen became pregnant earlier this summer, police learned after finding the woman’s decomposed body in the trunk of her car July 7.
Barrett, who has been arrested and charged with murder and robbery resulting in bodily injury in her mother’s death, had “frequently talked of robbing and/or killing her mother,” and spoke about stabbing her mother and hiding her body while she was in foster care, court records filed Wednesday state.
Barrett’s boyfriend, Demarius McGriggs, 18, of Merrillville, was charged earlier this month. McGriggs admitted to Gary police that he killed DeLoney-Cain after an argument because she wanted her daughter to abort his baby, the probable cause affidavit states. DeLoney-Cain suffered multiple stab wounds and a head injury and was found wrapped in plastic garbage bags with a pillow case over her head in the trunk of her car.
McGriggs told investigators he put the pillow case over her head so he wouldn’t have to look at her, court records state.
Clerks at a Merrillville pawn shop and a jewelry store at Southlake Mall told detectives Barrett and McGriggs were customers in their stores during the time DeLoney-Cain, 54, of Crown Point, was missing. The clerks described the pair as “normal customers” who “appeared happy and were smiling at each other,” the affidavit states.
In a series of separate interviews, both Barrett and McGriggs provided conflicting details about their roles in the slaying until detectives presented them with facts gleaned from others interviewed and evidence. Two other friends of the couple have been implicated in the robbing DeLoney-Cain and disposing of her body, the affidavit states.
DeLoney-Cain, 54, of Crown Point, a United Airlines flight attendant, had been stabbed, duct-taped and left in the trunk of her Toyota for days while her daughter claimed she had flown to China.
Gary police discovered her red Toyota on a vacant, remote street east of Martin Luther King Drive off 22nd Avenue four days after she was supposed to have left on a flight.
But Detectives Cpl. Michael Barnes, Sgt. Dan Callahan and Richard McClelland soon learned she had not been scheduled to work and began retracing her steps.
During a search of the victim’s home, police found a bloody stain on the basement floor and bloody water in a nearby wet-dry vacuum.
On Wednesday, Barrett arrived at the Public Safety Facility to speak to detectives about a laptop computer she and McGriggs had pawned. During the interview, McClelland arrested Barrett.
Both Barrett and McGriggs are being held without bail.