Murder suspect taken into custody

April 4, 2008 5:29:17 PM PDT
Houston police have arrested a man suspected in the murder of a woman whose body was dumped near the Acres Homes subdivision. Brian Davis, 32, is accused of beating, stabbing and burning Kandus Hightower-Sharp and now, investigators are trying to determine whether this case has any link to a series of murders in Acres Homes.

It's been more than two years since the first body connected to the Acres Homes killings was discovered. Sharp is not one of the six original victims. In fact, Houston police found out about her case while investigating several leads concerning the Acres Homes killings.

Davis was picked up Friday in north Harris County by the Gulf Coast Violent Offenders Task Force. He was arrested while getting out of a truck. He has since been charged with capital murder.

The warrant had been issued for his arrest late Thursday afternoon. Police say he hasn't confessed to anything and refuses to say anything to investigators. He has since hired an attorney.

His reaction Friday was very different from Wednesday night when Eyewitness News first confronted him. At that point, he refused to answer any questions. He then became so belligerent that his girlfriend had to restrain him.

Harris County Sheriff's Department investigators say they believe Davis targeted Sharp at random. There's no known relationship between the two and at this point, no known motive.

"When she was murdered, she died from multiple stab wounds and also thermal burns," said Lt. John Denholm with the Harris County Sheriff's Department. "The medical examiner said at the autopsy that she was alive when she was set on fire. The actor poured gasoline over her and burned her alive. There was soot in her lungs. So it was a very horrible killing."

Harris County detectives are questioning Davis' girlfriend. As far as connections with the Acres Homes killings, they say that's for the Houston Police Department to find out.

Davis has a long criminal history. In 1995, he was sentenced to three years in jail for aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. In March of 2005, he served time for forgery. And in February of last year, he was sentenced to one year in the Harris County jail on an assault with bodily injury conviction.

Our Crime Tracker gives us a clearer picture of what is going on in the Acres Homes neighborhood. When comparing the first two months of 2007 to the first two months of 2008, rapes are down 86 percent. Seven rapes were reported in 2007 and one this year. But aggravated assaults have gone up from 57 reports in 2007 to 84 in 2008.

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