Family makes plea to catch murder suspect

June 27, 2008 5:06:23 PM PDT
There was an emotional plea this morning from the family of a teacher murdered in her Fulshear home. They want her killer brought to justice. The victim opened the door to who she thought were delivery men. They were really there to rob her.

Police want the public's help to find the man they call the ring leader of this murder. They say Marwan Saeed could be hiding somewhere in the Houston area. They call him a heinous killer, a danger to the public.

He's accused, along with two others, of the murder of former school teacher Martha Fields last December inside her Fulshear home. Investigators say Saeed and another man posed as delivery men to gain access to the house. Authorities say the suspects mistakenly believed there was a safe with half a million dollars in the home.

Fields was stabbed repeatedly, say police, while the suspects demanded money. They got nothing and fled after tying up Ms. Fields.

On Friday, her family spoke publicly for the first time about the ordeal and about how badly they want Saeed brought to justice.

"She was so special and she loved us and it's so painful not only to have lived with seeing what happened to our mother, but to know the killer is still out there," said Laura Fields, the victim's daughter.

"I would just plead with you as human beings to please call Crime Stoppers if you have any knowledge of where this man is, if you know anybody who knows him or you think might know him or have anything to do with him, please call Crime Stoppers," added Jim Fields, the victim's husband.

Another Crime Stoppers tip led to the arrest of two of the other suspects -- Kevin Cypher, who was the other man authorities say attacked Fields, and and Angela Lara, who police say drove the getaway car. They're both charged with capital murder.

If you can help detectives in this case, call Crime Stoppers at 713-222-TIPS. You could receive a reward of up to $5,000 if your information leads to an arrest and conviction.

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