Murder and Homicide

  • Blogs

    April 4, 2014

    Supervisors, Officers Disciplined in HPD Homicide Probe

    Four high-level homicide investigators and four officers have been disciplined after an extensive internal investigations investigation of the Houston Police Department's homicide division. The investigation found that 24 cases dating back to 2004 "were identified with deficiencies including not co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 10, 2012

    Unidentified Westside Shooting Victim, Bayou Body Count No.154

    Little is known about a fatal westside shooting early Sunday morning, Houston police say. Tenants at an apartment complex in the 4700 block of South Kirkwood reported hearing a gunshot about 2:50 a.m. Sunday, police say; when they went outside to investigate they discovered the body of a man who ha ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 27, 2012

    Sofia Rojas, 8-Month-Old Girl Allegedly Stabbed By Father, Bayou Body Count No. 140

    A Houston man is in jail and charged with stabbing his eight-month-old daughter to death, according to court documents. HPD investigators say in court documents that Pedro Rojas-Martinez, 23, killed his daughter Sofia Rojas early Saturday morning at their trailer-park home near Telephone Road and F ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 23, 2012

    Jerrell Dwayne Lewis, 28, Bayou Body Count No. 137

    A man was shot to death on the northwest side Wednesday night, police say. Jerrell Dwayne Lewis, 28, was found lying dead from several gunshot wounds in an apartment complex in the 5700 block of Lost Forest about 11:30 p.m. last night, HPD says. Officers responded to "a shots fired" call and found ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 25, 2012

    Security Guard Shot to Death, Bayou Body Count No. 109

    Police say two men went into the Evergreen Gameroom, 1501 Evergreen, and one of them pulled the security guard outside, pushed him to the ground and shot him to death about 11:30 p.m. Saturday, July 21. The victim has not been publicly identified, pending verification from the Harris County Institu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 17, 2012

    Unidentified Man Shot to Death, Bayou Body Count No. 101

    According to reports from KRIV and KHOU, a man was shot to death at a house in northwest Houston home. The Harris County Sheriff's Office responded to a home at Grand Forest Drive and Sagecroft Drive around 4 a.m. Tuesday morning where a man was found shot to death. No arrests have been made and th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    July 5, 2012

    Suspect Arrested In Fatal Shooting That Also Wounded Trae Tha Truth

    Trae Tha Truth Releases Statement on Wednesday's ABN Shooting HPD Releases ABN Shooting Report: Poppa C Was Target Reports: ABN's Dinky D, Poppa C Shot Dead Outside Strip Club: A Houston Rap-Related Shooting Timeline Houston Police have arrested a suspect in the shooting that killed three pe ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 5, 2012

    Jason Windham, 40, Bayou Body Count No. 75

    A man was shot to death after several men forced their way into his motel room early Monday, Houston police said. Jason Windham, 40, was staying with his girlfriend at the America's Best Inns & Suites in the 700 block of North Sam Houston tollway, HPD says. About two in the morning, he answered a ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 17, 2012

    Suspect Arrested In May 4 Rap Shooting

    Jordan Wilson, the former member of the Alief-area rap group FDAB charged with murder in the May 4 shooting death of his ex-bandmate Toyurean "T.O.Y." Young, has been arrested, the Houston Police Department said this morning. According to HPD, Wilson, who had reportedly been feuding with Young on T ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 2, 2012

    Brandon Marquis Bryant, 28, Bayou Body Count No. 53

    A man was shot to death on a south Houston street Tuesday afternoon, Houston police say. Brandon Marquis Bryant, 28, was sitting in his car with the door open in the 3700 block of Alice about 4:30 p.m., police say. "At some point, Bryant was shot by one or possibly two unknown male suspects," HPD ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 30, 2012

    Unidentified Male, 31, Bayou Body Count No. 49

    A fight in the common kitchen area of an East End apartment complex ended with a fatal shooting Saturday night, Houston police say. The 31-year-old male victim, whose name was not released, was in the kitchen about 11:30 p.m. in a complex in the 6700 block of Avenue K. He made the fatal -- and clas ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 9, 2012

    Pilar Pineda Rodriguez: Charged With Burning Woman To Death In 2011

    A 55-year-old woman has been charged with murder for setting a 42-year-old woman on fire last year. Pilar Pineda Rodriguez has been charged in the death of Norma Angelica Tapia, who was last scene leaving her job at the Shish Kabob Cafe II on the far west side. Her body was discovered in George Bu ... More >>

  • Blogs

    April 6, 2012

    Pedro Miguel Rosales Ramos, 32, Homeless Man Shot for His Bike & Food, Bayou Body Count No. 41

    Houston police say a homeless man was shot to death for his bicycle and some food he'd been given. Pedro Miguel Rosales Ramos, 32, was shot in the chest Wednesday night in the 11700 block of Hempstead Highway and was pronounced dead at the scene. Ramos was heard arguing in a parking lot about 10:3 ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 7, 2012

    Fredrick James Black Jr., 26, Bayou Body Count No. 31

    A man was found shot to death in his car at a southwest-side apartment complex Monday night, police say. Fredrick James Black Jr., 26, was found dead at the Royal Pine Apartments in the 8700 block of Gustine Lane about 10:10 p.m. Police were called to the location on a "shooting in progress" call. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    March 6, 2012

    Reza Kheshtnia, 39, Bayou Body Count No. 30

    A gunfight on the far west side resulted in the death of a 39-year-old man, police say. Reza Kheshtnia was driving home from work about 5:20 a.m. Monday when another car "blocked him in" in the 2700 block of Ashford Oak Drive, police say. "There was an exchange of gunfire and Kheshtnia was struck ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 6, 2012

    Antoin Leon Yarbrough, 39, Bayou Body Count No. 13

    A man was shot to death early Saturday morning outside a southwest-side strip club, police say. Antoin Leon Yarbrough, 39, was standing outside the Palace Gentleman's Club in the 9300 block of Bissonnet when he was approached by a man, police said. At some point, the man shot him. KHOU reports th ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 17, 2012

    Gelareh Bagherzadeh, 30, Genetics Student & Activist Against the Iranian Government, Shot Near Galleria, Bayou Body Count No. 7

    A 30-year-old molecular genetics technology student was shot and killed in the Galleria area early Monday. Gelareh Bagherzadeh was shot about 12:30 Monday morning in the 800 block of Augusta. police say. She was shot in her car and drove into a townhome garage. Media reports indicate she was talki ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 14, 2011

    Composite Sketches Released In Car-Wash Murder

    Illustrations by HPDOne of the suspects​Police have released two composite sketches of suspects in the murder of Jose Bonilla, 28, a yard worker who was killed in broad daylight at a car wash during a November 28 robbery. Police and Crime Stoppers are asking for help in identifying the pair. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    November 3, 2011

    Phillip Little, 40, Pizza Driver Shot During Robbery, Bayou Body Count No. 170

    Pizza driver killed in robbery.​A Domino's deliveryman was shot and killed during an apparent robbery on the south side of town last night. Phillip Little, 40, was found slumped over his steering wheel after an accident at the intersection of Martin Luther King Boulevard and Canterway, police ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 12, 2011

    Unidentified Male in Murder-Suicide, Bayou Body Count No. 154

    Fox 26's take on it.​Two men were dead after a murder-suicide on the west side last night, Houston police say. Their names have not been released pending notification of family members, but they were discovered about 10:40 p.m. in the 6300 block of Deerwood Road, near the Houston Country Club ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2011

    Don Juan Davis, 31, Bayou Body Count No. 124

    The death of Don Juan Davis.​The third killing in less than a week in an obscure Houston neighborhood happened Sunday evening, Houston police say. The death of Don Juan Davis, 31, came about 10:30 p.m. after an argument in a parking lot in the 10100 block of Forum Park Drive. The location is ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 1, 2011

    Jessica Tata: Prosecutors Get the Felony Murder Charges They Wanted

    Jessica Tata​A Harris County grand jury has returned four felony murder charges against Jessica Tata, the owner of a daycare where four kids died in a fire. There had been some question as to whether the grand jury would go for the murder indictments, which require at least some degree of int ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 26, 2011

    HPD Seeks Smiling Woman in Connection With Nursing-Home Death

    Won't you smile for the camera?​This chipper-looking woman, caught on a security cam, is being sought by Houston police in connection with the May 8 death of a man in an assisted-living center. Willie Hightower, 66, was found dead in his room at the center in the 600 block of East Tidwell ami ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 23, 2011

    Unidentified Female in Murder-Suicide, Bayou Body Count No. 70

    Murder-suicide on the east side​A woman was killed this morning on the east side by a man who then committed suicide, police say. The names of the couple have not been released, but Houston police say the incident happened about 8:30 this morning in the 12700 block of Woodforest. The two, ap ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 21, 2011

    Waddieonne Griffin, 16, Bayou Body Count No. 19

    Fooling around with a gun at 1 a.m.​A 16-year-old boy says he accidentally shot and killed his girlfriend, Houston police say, and he faces negligent homicide charges. The victim, Waddieonne Griffin, 16, was standing with the boy -- unidentified because he is a minor -- outside his residence ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 31, 2011

    Jeffrey Stern: Bellaire Attorney Indicted in Failed Murder-for-Hire Plot Against Wife

    HPDJeffrey Stern, accused in murder-for-hire plot​Over six months after the arrest of his mistress Michelle Gaiser, prominent Bellaire attorney Jeffrey Stern has been indicted on two counts of solicitation of capital murder in the attempts to take the life of his wife, Yvonne Stern. Harris Co ... More >>

  • Blogs

    January 28, 2011

    Aaron Scheerhoorn: Newly Formed Group Hopes to Honor Him by Improving Montrose

    Aaron Scheerhoorn's death has spawned a new effort to make Montrose safe​It was one of the year's more horrific widely publicized murders. In mid-December, in a case that echoed that of Kitty Genovese, 28-year-old Aaron Scheerhoorn was stabbed to death in front of Club Blur in front of numerou ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 31, 2010

    Miguel Antonio Valencia-Mejia, 33, Bayou Body Count No. 301

    Killed during a home invasion​A man who was attempting a home invasion was shot to death by one of the residents, Houston police say. Miguel Antonio Valencia-Mejia, 33, was pronounced dead at the scene. No charges have been filed. Police say a woman knocked on the door of an apartment in the ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 9, 2010

    Nancy Shank, 52, Bayou Body Count No. 284

    Murder near River Oaks​A woman was stabbed to death by her son in an exclusive neighborhood near River Oaks Wednesday afternoon, Houston police say. John Shank, 20, was arrested shortly after the incident. He is charged with killing his mother, Nancy, 52, at his family home in the 3700 block ... More >>

  • Blogs

    December 6, 2010

    Unidentified Female, Bayou Body Count No. 283

    Murdered, possibly raped, and abandoned​The body of a woman who was likely murdered and possibly raped was found near a northside bayou Sunday evening, police say. An autopsy will be performed, but HPD told reporters foul play is suspected. A couple of kids discovered the body about 5:30 p.m ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 19, 2010

    KPFT's Matt Helfrich ID'd As Montrose Stabbing Victim

    Updated at 1:20 p.m. with a statement from KPFT's Duane Bradley. Photos by Melissa Noble/ KPFT on Facebook​Matt Helfrich, an imposing-looking but good-natured volunteer and occasional fill-in DJ for 90.1 KPFT FM, has been identified as the man stabbed to death at the Skylane Apartments on Wes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    September 24, 2010

    DJ Buddha Tells His Side Of The "Truck Flies Into Greens Bayou" Story, Including His Arrest

    If only this sign had been up​While Houston police investigate the death of a man whose truck smashed through a guardrail and plunged into Greens Bayou Wednesday, the man who says he was chasing the driver told Hair Balls his side of the story. Aryan Kaivani, a DJ and producer who goes ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 30, 2010

    Unidentified Male, 20, Bayou Body Count No. 212

    Found dead in his apartment​A 20-year-old man was found shot dead in his apartment on the west side Saturday night, and a young child was wandering about the complex when police arrived.Houston police were called to an apartment complex in the 2400 block of West Sam Houston Parkway a little after ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 17, 2010

    Unidentified Male, Bayou Body Count No. 201

    Struggling out to the street​A man was found shot dead in the street on the northeast side of town this morning.The victim, whose name was not released pending notification of his family, was shot a little after midnight in the 6800 block of Henley, police said.Witnesses reported hearing several g ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 16, 2010

    Abo Obyb Abdel-Salaam, 42, Bayou Body Count No. 197

    Breaks up robbery, gets run over​Two men have been accused of killing the owner of a convenience store they were trying to rob by running over him with a vehicle.Abo Obyb Abdel-Salaam, 42, owned a Chevron convenience store on the far west side and was working there about 10 p.m. Friday night. Poli ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 11, 2010

    Michael Williams, 18, Bayou Body Count No. 149

    Death at 6:30 in the morning​An 18-year-old answered a knock on his front door and was shot dead on the far southwest side Thursday morning. Michael Williams was at his home in the 11500 block of Keegans Ridge when he answered the knock around 6:30 a.m. "After a brief discussion with an unknown ... More >>

  • Blogs

    May 12, 2010

    Robert Butler, Sr., 57, Bayou Body Count No. 110

    Photo courtesy HPDPolice are looking for Damian Mann​An arrest has been made in the shooting death of Robert Butler, who was ambushed in northeast Houston as he was parking a tractor-trailer.The suspect, Diamond Markee Godfrey, 18), is charged with capital murder in the 338th State District Court. ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 23, 2010

    Quote Of The Day, From The Judge Who Had An Affair With A Prosecutor

    ​The odd case of Charles Dean Hood has been a subject of talk for a while. He was convicted of killing a Plano couple -- there doesn't seem to be a whole lot of doubt about it -- but he's got a unique appellate argument: The judge and his prosecutor had been lovers.Back in our cub-reporting days, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    February 17, 2010

    Renee Longoria, 51, Bayou Body Count No. 44

    ​A man who has been in and out of prison over the past decade is back in jail after allegedly admitting that he killed his girlfriend.Police say that William Robert Stone, 47, confessed to strangling Renee Longoria, 51, on Saturday night at their home 230 West 27th in north Houston. He reportedly ... More >>

  • Blogs

    October 7, 2009

    Bayou Body Count: Mowing The Lawn Can Be Dangerous, Even If You're Not A Character On Mad Men

    ​Gotcha!Houston police have finally caught the gunman in a 2004 murder, hunting him all across the United States and Mexico before arresting him Tuesday in Houston.Police say that Oscar David Zamarripa, 24, shot and killed 22-year-old Alberto Rivera a little more than five years ago at 2215 Hollis ... More >>

  • Blogs

    August 18, 2009

    Bayou Body Count: Weekend Leftovers, Including River Oaks

    ​During the past few days, Houston-area police and sheriff's deputies have dealt with an unusually high number of murder-suicides. Sunday nearly capped off the week with another. This one, however, was thankfully less successful and had the added element of attempted patricide. Eugene Hawk, 59, ... More >>

  • Blogs

    June 26, 2009

    Bayou Body Count: Some Arrests, And Sex Gone Wrong

    Houston police have arrested Harry Dwight Williams for allegedly shooting a 19-year-old man and his girlfriend earlier this month at McCullough Park. Police say that James Smith, 19, was walking through the park with his girlfriend when he saw Williams, and the two men started arguing. When they sta ... More >>

  • Calendar

    February 26, 2009

    “Genghis Khan”

    History’s bad boy goes on display

  • Blogs

    May 25, 2008

    Get Lit: Q&A with Sgt. Brian Foster of the Houston Police Department

    During his 34-year career in law enforcement—23 of those as a Detective/Sergeant with the Houston Police Department Homicide Division-- Sgt. Brian Foster always kept both his notebook and his ears open. But not just to record the confessions, bizarre incidents, statements, stories, and lies that ... More >>

  • Calendar

    April 10, 2008

    With a Pen in Her Hand: Mexicanas Telling Stories Through Music and Literature

    Author Alicia Gaspar de Alba and singer/songwriter Tish Hinojosa join forces to tell the tales of Hispanic women

  • Blogs

    August 22, 2007
  • News

    March 6, 2003

    A Killer Nanny

    Charlotte Foster wanted a male nanny who’d play sports with her sons. She got an escaped murderer.

  • Film

    November 14, 2002

    Dead Weight

    Kathryn Bigelow gets Water-logged with too many plots

  • News

    October 28, 1999

    Serial Killers On-line

    Victim advocates condemn sales of murder-related items

  • News

    January 14, 1999
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