Guy Wayne Lynch will go before a jury to face a murder charge in mid-March. Lynch was indicted in connection with the death of his girlfriend, Tia Marie Spearman, whose remains were found in July 2017 just outside of Ennis.

The indictment states the 47-year-old Aubrey resident allegedly shot and killed Spearman with a firearm and later dumped her remains in Alma.

Court documents show that Lynch rejected a plea bargain on Sept. 13. Under the agreement, the Ellis County and District Attorney’s Office offered Lynch 45 years in prison in exchange for a plea of guilty.

The trial is estimated to take five days.

The Daily Light previously reported that Ellis County Sheriff’s deputies were dispatched to an area near Section House Road in Alma to a non-addressed parcel of agricultural land on July 15, 2017, after hunters reported the discovery of human remains. The remains were sent to the University of North Texas for Human Identification.

Ellis County Sgt. Joe Fitzgerald previously stated the Biloxi (Mississippi) Police Department first contacted the Lancaster Police after receiving information that Spearman may have gone missing from Biloxi around June.

“Ms. Spearman’s family had not heard from her since May 2017. Biloxi Police Department Investigations Division discovered Ms. Spearman had an associated address in the City of Lancaster,” Fitzgerald said. “As a result, Lancaster Police Investigators contacted Ellis County Investigators, knowing the ongoing investigation of the unidentified human remains found in Ellis County.”

Ellis County Investigators spoke with Spearman’s family and obtained dental records. These records were used at the UNT facility for comparison and were a match.

Spearman lived with Lynch, her boyfriend, in Little Elm at the time of her disappearance. Lynch was arrested after evidence connected him to the investigation.

"We had enough probable cause signed by the justice of the peace to issue an arrest warrant for him, which we did," Fitzgerald stated at the time.

Fitzgerald stated that countless hours and phone calls were made to surrounding agencies both in and out of state to identify Spearman. He noted that efforts by the Biloxi Police Department were critical in the investigation, ultimately determining the tie to the City of Lancaster.

Lynch was booked into the Wayne McCollum Detention Center on a $1 million bond on Aug. 17, 2017.

Court records show Corsicana attorney Michael Crawford represents Lynch. As of press time, Lynch remains in custody at the detention center.