Attorney leads Pasadena police to murder victim

A broken window outside a Pasadena apartment where a woman was murdered

July 6, 2013 7:53:17 PM PDT
Police in Pasadena are investigating a strange murder after getting a tip from the suspect's lawyer.

Officers discovered a woman's body in her home Friday evening at Cinnamon Ridge Apartments in the 6500 block of Spencer Highway.

Just a few scraps of crime scene tape were left Saturday where Pasadena police are investigating the murder. According to police, the victim was found tied up in her apartment -- dead. Police said they got a call from an attorney, claiming he had a man in his office who said he'd killed someone. The lawyer gave the address to the apartment, and officers found the victim inside.

It's unclear how the woman died. The suspect is in custody, and charges are expected to be filed this weekend.

"I was home from work. I just couldn't believe it was her. I was like, 'My God, are you for real?' The grandma would take the kids from school back and forth, and they would walk around all the time," neighbor Aaron Terry said. "It's messed up."

Terry just moved in a couple months ago, but he saw the woman and the man she lived with recently. He thought they were moving out.

"They were downstairs. They were moving some stuff, and he kept trying to throw something up there," Terry said. "I don't know what he was doing."

Neighbors say they saw authorities with the medical examiner's office take the body out of the second-floor apartment. They don't know exactly what happened, but who it happened to and the nature of the crime is a shock.

"Around where you live, with kids running around here. My kids running around here," Terry said.

Pasadena police only learned about the woman's death after getting a phone call from a local attorney, claiming he had a man in his office who said he'd killed someone. The lawyer gave police the address to the woman's apartment, and officers found her body inside.

The couple's neighbors still can't believe it.

"She was nice. Real nice person. They were both nice," Terry said. "I've never seen them arguing. Never saw them arguing."

Pasadena police have the suspect, a man in his 20s, in custody. They expect the district attorney to file murder charges against him.

As for the victim, investigators at the Harris County Institute of Forensic Science are working to determine how she died.

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