Arrest made in murder
Mar 29, 2009 | 5801 views | 1 1 comments | 14 14 recommendations | email to a friend | print
A Gilmer man has been arrested in connection with the murder last October of Cindy Starr Fanfarillo of Pittsburg.

Sheriff Anthony Betterton said that on Wednesday officers with the Upshur County Sheriff’s Office executed an arrest warrant for Dennis Earl Pickett, 58, of Gilmer for tampering with physical evidence and also executed a search warrant for his 1979 Ford pickup.

The warrants were executed at his home at the end of Jackrabbit Road.

While taking Pickett into custody officers found three baggies of methamphetamine on his person.

His pickup was taken into custody and searched for any physical evidence linked to the murder. Investigators located the evidence that they were looking for and it will be sent to a forensic lab for analysis in Garland, Betterton said.

Pickett remains in the Upshur County Jail and he is charged with manufacturing and delivery of a controlled substance and tampering with or fabricating physical evidence.

His bond was set at $115,000.

The Upshur County Grand Jury returned a murder indictment in connection with the case when it met March 5.

Tammy Keller, 39, of East Mountain was indicted for the murder of Cindy Starr, also known as Cindy K. Fanfarillo, and also as Cindy Starr. Ms. Starr, of Pittsburg, had been reported missing by her family last October.

Skeletal remains were found in a wooded area of northern Upshur County Jan. 7.

The remains were identified through a medical examination by Southwest Forensics of Dallas.

Authorities said at the time that they had been told Ms. Starr had been killed, but did not initially treat it as a homicide case, pending collection of more information.

Ms. Starr’s remains were found with the help of the Shreveport, La. Fire Department and its cadaver dog.

The fire department also used a sonar device to find the woman’s car in a lake in northern Upshur County.

Sheriff Anthony Betterton said the woman was identified from dental records.

Ms. Keller had been arrested Jan. 5 on a charge of credit/debit card abuse for allegedly using Ms. Starr’s credit cards.

Bonds were set at $250,000 on that charge, with bonds totalling $50,000 on drug violations.

Bond on the murder charge was set at $1 million.

The case was presented to the grand jury by Upshur County Assistant District Attorney Robert Cole Jr. and Sheriff’s Investigator David Dickerson.

Also arrested Jan 5 on credit/debit card abuse charges in connection with the case was Connie Johnston.
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April 08, 2009
Thank GOD that BASTARD was arrested!! I knew it in my heart from the beginning that he had something to do with it! I knew it! Cindy Fanfarillo was my aunt, and I knew when he told my mom when she asked him if he had seen Aunt Cindy, he told her If she shows up dead or anything I'll let ya know. What kind of crap is that?! I hope he rots in HELL!!!!