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 was discovered by a friend who had come to pick Jones' child up for school, police say.
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KRIV reports the child did not hear anything, and that police believe a fire extinguisher was the murder weapon.
Stolen from the apartment were a laptop computer, a child's game system, and a Panasonic 37 inch LCD television set, later sold for drugs, police say.
Thompkins is black, 6-foot-3, 245 pounds and bald, police say. He is thought to be driving a white Mazda 626, with Texas license plates FGR-230, which was stolen from the home.
He's been charged with capital murder. Anyone with information in this case, who may have purchased items from Thompkins in the past week, or on his whereabouts is urged to contact the HPD Homicide Division at 713-308-3600 or Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS