Murder and Homicide

  • Blogs

    October 8, 2014

    Harris County Was One of the Deadliest Places for Women in 2013

    In case you need another bit of horrible news, the folks over at Texas Council on Family Violence kicked off the start of Domestic Violence Awareness Month by releasing a report on women murdered by domestic violence. The annual report, based on data gathered and confirmed through law enforcement, d ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 19, 2014

    Sheriff Hoping Big Reward and Billboards Will Lead to Answers in Family Murder

    WHO KILLED THE SUN FAMILY? $70,000 REWARD. You'll be seeing that on billboards in the Houston area and in other parts of the state since investigators still can't tell us what happened to a Cypress family found murdered inside their Fosters Creek Drive home. While the shock from the murder has su ... More >>

  • Culture

    December 5, 2013
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    December 26, 2012

    Harlem Harold Lewis: Man Charged in Christmas Eve Slayings of Bellaire Cop, Good Samaritan

    Murder charges have been filed against a 21-year-old man suspected of killing a Bellaire police officer and a man who came to his aid Christmas Eve. Harlem Harold Lewis has been charged with capital murder and murder in the shooting deaths of Bellaire Police Corporal J.D. Norman, 53, and Terry Tayl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 30, 2012

    Bennie Ray Dupnik Jr., Infamous 1970s Port Aransas Murderer, Dead in Apparent Murder-Suicide

    The paroled murderer of the owner of a famous, long-lived Texas Gulf Coast beer joint is dead, apparently at his own hand after killing his girlfriend in their Victoria apartment. 51-year-old Bennie Ray Dupnik Jr. and 44-year-old Sandra Rivera were discovered by Rivera's sons. Rivera had been stab ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 3, 2012

    Timothy Briscoe, 23: Dead Body Ignored In Alleged Drug House For Four Hours; Bayou Body Count No. 146

    Police says drug activity might be connected with the August 28 fatal shooting of a man on the northwest side of town. Katy resident Timothy Briscoe, 23, was pronounced dead at the scene in the 10200 block of Bamboo Road about 5 p.m. that afternoon, inside a residence police say is "known for drug ... More >>

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    June 14, 2012
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    May 31, 2012

    Reginald Sheppard, 23, Bayou Body Count No. 73

    A man was shot to death by his neighbor Tuesday night, but police don't know why. Reginald Sheppard, 23, was shot by Jairo Umanzor, 27, about 9:40 p.m. in the 4300 block of Fallen Oaks, near Tidwell and T.C. Jester. "Umanzor admitted to his involvement in Sheppard's death," HPD says. "At this time ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 4, 2012

    Mayor, Police Chief Hail Cut in Murder Rate

    The count is down.​You're living in a safer place, Houstonians. Mayor Annise Parker and police chief Charles McClelland say so. Both officials touted a drop in the murder rate today, saying homicide in the city is lower than it's been in 40 years. HPD says there were 198 murders in 2011 acco ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 21, 2011

    Your Mugshots of the Day: Supermarket Worker Warren White's Alleged Murderers

    Here is an unlikely looking trio of alleged murderers. If they were with Snow White, they'd be Pissy, Sneery and Shocked. Angelica Lee Serrano, 20, Ralph Ernest Alonso, 23, and Daniel Allen Porter, 21, have all been charged with murder in the November 16 murder of Warren Keith White, 29. White was ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Unidentified Male Stabbed To Death, 32, Bayou Body Count No. 160

    A stabbing death at four in the morning​A 32-year-old man was stabbed to death in northwest Houston early Sunday morning, police say. They say the man, whose name has not been released pending notification of his family, stopped at a parking lot at 700 West Mount Houston about 4 in the mornin ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Matthew David Johnson, 47, Bayou Body Count No. 162

    Photo by HPDFreddie Clark Jr. faces murder charges​A man was shot to death in his westside apartment and an arrest has been made in the case, Houston police say. Matthew David Johnson, 47, was shot in the chest in his apartment in the 11700 block of Southlake Drive about noon Thursday, Octobe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 24, 2011

    Jesus Enrique Hoffman, 38, Bayou Body Count No. 163

    Shot to death in a vacant lot.​A man was shot to death during an argument on the north side Sunday night, police say. Jesus Enrique Hoffman, 38, "had an argument with two unknown Hispanic males" in a vacant lot in the 8600 block of East Hardy about 8:40 p.m. last night, HPD says. "The argume ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 19, 2011

    Unidentified Male in Road-Rage Incident, Bayou Body Count No. 143

    Road rage leads to murder.​A man whose car was involved in a road-rage altercation was followed home and shot to death early Sunday morning, Houston police say. The man's identity was not released, but he was shot to death about 3:30 Sunday morning in an apartment complex on the southeast sid ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 7, 2011

    Matthew Mehdi Rouhani, 61, Bayou Body Count No. 139

    A man was found shot to death in his westside business Saturday and his car was stolen, Houston police say. Matthew Mehdi Rouhani, 61, was found dead by employees in the 1600 block of Upland about 2:30 p.m. Saturday, HPD says. "Mr. Rouhani had not been seen since last Tuesday (Aug. 30) and his emp ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Unidentifed Male Left For Dead Outside After-Hours Club, Bayou Body Count No. 136

    Left for dead outisde a nightclub​The body of a man who was shot to death was discovered outside a southwest-side after-hours club early Monday morning, but that's about all police know. The body was found about 6 a.m. Labor Day outside the La Raza Discotec on Hillcroft near Bellaire Boulevar ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 6, 2011

    Billy Joe Lackey, 32, Bayou Body Count No. 138

    HPDJohnathan Dixon admitted killing Lackey, police say.​A gunfight on the northeast side left one man dead Sunday morning, Houston police said. Billy Joe Lackey, 32, was killed in a shootout with Johnathan Dixon, 25, about 11 a.m. Sunday in the 7900 block of Lynette. Police got a call about ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2011

    Michael Cortez, 22, Bayou Body Count No. 125

    Murder or suicide?​Houston homicide detectives are investigating a stabbing death last night that may be a suicide. Michael Cortez, 22, was found dead in an apartment in the 9400 block of Redford about 7:40 p.m. Wednesday. Police had been called to the southeast side residence on a suicide i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 8, 2011

    Reece Daniel Gonzales, 24, Bayou Body Count No. 117

    Either stabbed or shot to death.​A man was killed in southeast Houston early Sunday morning, and his assailant is on the run. Reece Daniel Gonzales, 24, was attacked in an apartment in the 8400 block of Winkler, Houston police say. He stumbled out of the place trying to escape; he was taken t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 27, 2011

    Bernie's Burger Bus Employee Did Not Die In Tragic Gun Game, Cops Now Say; Shooter On The Run

    HPDChristian Meza: Teen wanted on murder charges​Although there was some confusion surrounding the death of Bernie's Burger Bus employee Daniel Pacheco, 18, Houston police initially said that Pacheco was killed July 10 when he and friends were drinking and passing around a gun someone thought ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 22, 2011

    J. Patrick Capps: Allegedly Forged Documents in Brazen Attempt to Free Convicted Murderer Marcia Kelly

    J. Patrick Capps's self-posted wiki picture​The 2005 murder-for-hire of trucking company owner James Kelly was one of the most high-profile cases in recent East Texas memory. In the aftermath, Kelly's wife Marcia and stepdaughter Shaina Sepulvado received capital murder convictions and are eac ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 20, 2011

    Terrance Nelson, 28, Bayou Body Count No. 86

    A home invasion, a stolen car, a death​A Kashmere Gardens man was shot to death in what police believe was a home invasion Friday afternoon. Terrance Nelson, 28, was found dead from a gunshot wound in his home in the 3900 block of Kress about 3:40 p.m. Friday. "He appeared to have been killed ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 15, 2011

    Nathan Del Sol, 5, Bayou Body Count No. 82

    Horror story: Five-year-old shot by his seven-year-old brother.​Houston homicide investigators are looking into the shooting death of a five-year-old boy who was shot by his seven-year-old brother. The two were left unattended in a Katy Freeway motel room while their father was in the motel's ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 2, 2011

    Unidentified Female, Bayou Body Count No. 77

    Found dead in a car​A woman was found shot to death in a car early this morning on the far southwest side of town, Houston police say. A man was walking his dog about 4 a.m. when he discovered the body in the 12200 block of Hodges and called 911. Police say the woman was shot at least twice. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 9, 2011

    Unidentified Man, 66, Bayou Body Count No. 62

    Signs of a struggle.​HPD homicide investigators are looking into the death of a 66-year-old man who was found dead in an assisted-living center amid signs of a struggle. The man, whose identity has not been released pending notification of his family, was found in his room in the 600 block of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Courtney Bell, 28, Bayou Body Count No. 51

    Argument leads to stabbing death.​A man was stabbed to death in the driveway of his southeast side home Sunday night, Houston police say. Courtney Bell, 28, got in an argument with two men about 10:30 last night and ended up stabbed several times. He was taken to Ben Taub Hospital and pronoun ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 18, 2011

    Unidentified Hispanic Female, Bayou Body Count No. 52

    Police hope someone will recognize this.​Police are looking for the public's help in identifying a woman stabbed to death on the southeast side Sunday night. The woman was found with multiple stab wounds in the Broadway Park Apartments in the 2500 block of Broadway about 11:45 p.m.; she was t ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 7, 2011

    Sandrell Crosby, 1 Year Old, Bayou Body Count No. 47

    HPDChristopher Washington: Faces capital murder charges​A west Houston man has been charged with beating his baby daughter to death, police say. Christopher Washington, 35, is charged with capital murder in the death of Sandrell Crosby, 1, about 3 p.m. Wednesday afternoon in the 2900 block of ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 18, 2011

    Norma Jean Clark: Sheriff's Deputies Arrest Her for Murdering Her Husband 23 Years Ago

    Franklin County SONorma Jean Clark, accused of murdering her husband in 1987​Back in April 1987, when Edmund High Clark was found dead in his bedroom from a shot to the head and one in the back, his wife Norma Jean said she'd been sleeping in another room and was awakened by the shots. She fl ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 10, 2011

    Justin Lipkins, 21, Bayou Body Count No. 4

    Shooting death after a fight​A fight on the southwest side led to a shooting death Friday night, police say. Houston police say Justin Lipkins, 21, "had been involved in a physical altercation" about 11 p.m. Friday and was then shot as he was nearing his apartment in the 9000 block of South ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 3, 2010

    John Chime, 41, Bayou Body Count No. 282

    Photo courtesy HPDPercy Hines III, charged with murder​Murder charges have been filed in the case of a dead body found in a truck in a southwest side convenience store parking lot, police say. John Chime, 41, might have been dead for almost a week before his body was discovered Sunday afterno ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 15, 2010

    Beverly Hurts, 54, Bayou Body Count No. 272

    Photo courtesy HPDIsaiah Hurts, charged with murder​Beverly Hurts, 54, who had told others of years of physical abuse at the hands of her husband, was beaten to death with a baseball bat by that husband Saturday, police say. Isaiah Hurts, 55, has been charged with murder. Media reports say he ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 27, 2010

    Adam Ortega, 41, Bayou Body Count No. 229

    A neighborly dispute​A dispute between neighbors on the north side ended up with one man dead and another on the run, police say.Margarito Mata Venegas, 31, has been charged with murder in the shooting death of his neighbor, Adam Ortega, 41, in an incident that occurred about 8:30 Saturday night i ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2010

    The Stern-Gaiser Affair: HPD Arrests Alleged Shooter

    Photo courtesy HCSOMichelle Gaiser, alleged criminal mastermind​A fifth suspect has been arrested in connection with events surrounding the alleged murder-for-hire plot of Yvonne Stern, the Bellaire trial lawyer's wife who survived three recent attempted hits.Houston police say that 26-year-old Da ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2010

    Unidentified Male, Bayou Body Count No. 206

    ​Murder charges have been brought against Fredy Ramon Lagos in the stabbing death of an unidentified man Saturday night. Police say an argument between the two men that took place at an apartment complex in the 6300 block of West Bellfort around 11:00 PM escalated into a fist fight, then Lago ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 9, 2010

    Bridget Renee Jones, 46, Bayou Body Count No. 147

    Still on the run​A woman was beaten to death with a fire extinguisher in a robber on the south side.Joel Burt Thompkins, 47, is wanted in the death of Bridget Renee Jones, 46. She was discovered beaten near the door of her apartment in the 5800 block of Sunforest around 7:50 a.m. Friday.The body w ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 27, 2010

    Favian Ramirez, 20, Bayou Body Count No. 128

    A very poor getaway attempt​Ineptitude reigned in a fracas that resulted in the death of a 20-year-old man on the southeast side.Favian Ramirez was shot at 1:30 Wednesday morning and died in the hospital; two men have been charged with murder.Police say Ramirez had earlier argued with the men -- R ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 18, 2010

    Murder on a Sunday Morning

    A white woman's dead and the black teenager accused of killing her is guilty until proven innocent

  • Blogs

    November 2, 2009

    Friends Can Be Cruel

    courtesy of HPD Moses Reed​Houston police have closed the books on yet another homicide after tracking down the final suspect in a deadly carjacking.Moses Reed, 17, was arrested last week and charged with murder for the July 15 slaying of 53-year-old Huu Khanh Phung. Detectives had pre ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 12, 2007

    Killing the Messenger: the Numbers

    This is a sidebar to the story posted yesterday on the murder of Brad Will. Brad Will is the latest victim in a continuum of U.S. reporters who have traveled to Mexico to document the struggle for justice here -- and perhaps assuage their personal demons -- and have wound up in a shallow grave or o ... More >>

  • News

    August 8, 2002

    An Absolute Maybe

    There's little doubt that Johnnie Bernal was not a really good guy. The question remains, though, how bad was he?

  • News

    July 19, 2001

    Murder, She Testified

    A federal grand jury aims at a fledgling author's notes in a long-running murder probe

  • News

    June 8, 2000

    Payback Time

    The latest victims of death merchant Davis will recoup their losses - when he's dead

  • News

    January 27, 2000

    Killing Time

    The case against him died from lack of evidence. But Texas still plans to execute Odell Barnes.

  • News

    November 19, 1998

    A Killer By Any Other Name

    Walt Waldhauser who became Michael Lee Davis may be headed back to prison

  • News

    October 22, 1998

    Making a Killing

    In the '70s, Walter Waldhauser arranged four contract murders. Nearly 20 years later, he has a new name and a new line of work -- but he still generates a profit from death.

  • News

    July 30, 1998

    An Open But Shut Case

    Paul Beauchamp's death was ruled a homicide. So why isn't the Montgomery County Sheriff's Office investigating?

  • News

    March 5, 1998

    Dissecting Dr. Carter

    Harris County's chief pathologist finds herself under the microscope.

  • News

    January 12, 1995

    Killer Behind the Badge

    Susan White complained to friends and authorities about Deputy Joseph Kent McGowen, but nobody listened. Then he killed her.

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    October 27, 1994
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