NIAGARA FALLS, N.Y. (WBEN) - Niagara Falls Police have arrested a man who allegedly committed the gruesome murder of Terry Lynn Bills in 2015.
Yasin Abdu-Sabur was charged with second degree murder in Niagara County Court. Abdu-Sabur, 36, is accused of murdering Bills at a home on Pierce Avenue and leaving her dismembered torso in a vacant home on Willow Avenue in the City of Niagara Falls.
Shortly after the alleged murder, Abdu-Sabur moved to South Carolina. He has spent the last year in prison for a domestic violence and child neglect conviction. Niagara Falls Police Chief Kelly Rizzo said "the most important witness" in South Carolina gave authorities details about Abdu-Sabur, which led to his extradition to Niagara Falls on Friday, though he did not give details about who the witness was.
Abdu-Sabur and Bills were acquainted through a rehab program, according to Josh Highway, who was Bills' nephew.
"I think he's a piece of crap," Highway said of Abdu-Sabur. "My aunt through marriage definitely didn't need to go this way. Nobody deserves to go this way.
At the time of the murder, the community was concerned of a possible serial killer because of its similarities to the 2012 murder of Loretta Gates in a similar fashion. Niagara County District Attorney Caroline Wojtaszek said that the two murders were not committed by Abdu-Sabur because he was in prison for burglary charges and could not have been there.
"This arrest allows us to say for certain that we do not have a serial killer in our community," Wojtaszek said.
But despite the evidence, Highway believes that Abdu-Sabur was involved in some way with Gates' murder.
Abdu-Sabur will appear in court again on March 16. He was remanded to jail.