Murder suspect appears in court

June 16, 2009 4:55:08 AM PDT
A handyman is now facing murder charges in a three-month-old case. Investigators say Bruce Triplett, 50, killed a 66-year-old woman at her home in northeast Harris County back in March. This morning, he faced a judge, where he was read the charges against him, and denied bond.

Triplett was arrested in an East Freeway motel last night. Police had been searching for him since Friday, when they obtained a warrant for his arrest.

The murder took place on March 28 in northeast Houston. Elizabeth Williams was found stabbed to death at her home. Her boyfriend found her after he had just been released from the hospital. The boyfriend was so shocked by the discovery that he had to be hospitalized again.

DNA evidence at the scene led authorities to Triplett, who worked as a handyman for Williams. They say some of that DNA evidence was under Williams' fingernails, indicating there was a struggle.

Police say robbery appears to be the motive. They say Triplett took three cell phones and a TV from Williams' home.

After obtaining the warrant, police say they had were in contact with Triplett by phone.

"He kept giving me, 'I'll turn myself in. I'll turn myself in' and he never did," said Detective Cory Pool with the Harris County Sheriff's Office. "So we kept looking for him over the weekend and managed to catch up with him tonight."

Stay with ABC13 Eyewitness News for the very latest on the investigation and future appearances in court for Triplett.

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