Bayou Body Count: The Handyman Goes Wild

It was the case of a handyman gone wild.
Harris County deputies began investigating the murder of Elizabeth Ann Williams, 66, after her body was discovered inside her home at 3618 Treaschwig on March 28. Williams had been stabbed and beaten.

On Monday, detectives say, they finally got their man. News reports say Bruce Dennis Triplett, 50, was arrested at a motel near Mercury and I-10 and charged with Capital Murder.

According to investigators, Williams' boyfriend had hired Triplett to do some handywork around Williams' house. After spending several days in the hospital, the boyfriend returned to the home and found Williams dead. Detectives say they were able to match DNA taken from the scene with Triplett's.

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Houston police are investigating what appears to look like a good ol' fashioned Western shootout.

Just before 3:30 am on Saturday at 3827 Wylie, Roberto Sergio Carillo, 32, and Flavio Guzman, 31, faced off at Guzman's home, police tell Hair Balls. The two had know each other for years, family members told police, and had a long history of animosity. The two had an argument earlier that evening at a different spot when Guzman left to go home. But, police say, Carillo apparently wasn't finished and followed Guzman. Once he arrived at Guzman's, investigators believe the two men began shooting at each other.

Carillo was pronounced dead at Ben Taub General Hospital. Guzman, perhaps the quicker draw, was also taken to Ben Taub in stable condition.

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Another homicide investigation may be underway as Houston police await the results of an autopsy on a dead man who was found Saturday afternoon at 10200 Tidwell Road. Police say the man, 20, was discovered in a field near a dirt road.

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Anyone with information concerning these investigations is urged to call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS.

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Chris Vogel
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