Man arrested in connection with 1990 strangulation death of pregnant teen

Robert Lawrence Wilson, 47, was arrested in California in connection with the 1990 strangulation death of Tammy Bounds

September 7, 2011 3:07:28 PM PDT
Investigators in California have arrested a suspect in the 21-year-old cold case murder of a pregnant Montgomery County woman.

The LA County Sheriff's Office arrested Robert Lawrence Wilson in Lancaster, California. The Montgomery County Sheriff's Office Cold Case-Homicide Unit recently linked Wilson to the 1990 strangulation of Tammy Lynn Bounds using DNA testing.

In June 1990, someone found Bounds' 14-month-old child wandering alone on a residential street about five miles away from Bounds' apartment in north Houston. An hour later, a survey crew found Bounds' body in a wooded area along Claude Penny Road near State Highway 105 in eastern Montgomery County. Bounds, 18 years old at the time, was strangled and seven months pregnant with her second child.

Wilson, 47, came to the attention of investigators after officers learned Wilson once lived at the same apartment complex as Bounds. Detectives began a lengthy investigation but the case went cold.

Two cold case detectives reopened the Bounds murder investigation in 2006. Their work ultimately led to the DNA testing which investigators say ties Wilson to the murder. Wilson remains jailed in California awaiting extradition to Texas.

Investigators ask anyone with information about this case to contact the Cold Case Detectives at 936-760-5876 or through the Montgomery County Crime Stoppers at 800-392-(STOP) 7867. As always, anyone contacting Crime Stoppers will remain anonymous.

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