Three accused in 2001 murder

Michael R. Lamphere, 54, (left) Jaime G. Loveall, 37, (center) and David O. Roberts, 35, (right) are serving Texas prison sentences for crimes unrelated to the killing of Aaron Wade Otto, 27.

November 9, 2012 3:58:26 PM PST
The Harris County Sheriff's Office Cold Case Unit resurrected by Sheriff Adrian Garcia in January 2009 has solved a 16th violent death in which the original investigation had become dormant.

The case involves the shooting death of Aaron Wade Otto, 27, whose body was found Nov. 25, 2001, near the Houston Ship Channel at 14900 Jacinto Port Blvd.

The US Justice Department, in cooperation with several federal, state and local law enforcement agencies, today announced a wide-ranging set of arrests and indictments involving members of the Aryan Brotherhood of Texas, including the three alleged killers in the Otto case. They are Jaime G. Loveall, 37, David O. Roberts, 35 and Michael R. Lamphere, 54. They are serving Texas prison sentences for crimes unrelated to the killing.

Sheriff Garcia reinstated the Cold Case Unit shortly after taking office. The unit examines unsolved homicides in which leads had dried up during the original investigations. In this case, the unit received a tip that allowed them to re-examine evidence and zero in on suspects. Sheriff's Office personnel eventually brought the case to a close with the assistance of the U.S. Department of Justice, the ATF, the FBI and the Texas Department of Criminal Justice.

"We need a Cold Case Unit to help bring long-sought closure to survivors of murder victims and to society. I am so proud that our investigators have done exactly that for the 16th time in less than four years," Sheriff Garcia said.

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