Body positively identified as Katy teen

April 3, 2009 5:00:31 AM PDT
The medical examiner has just positively identified a body found late last night in southeast Houston as that of Spencer Vogt, 19, of Katy. He was a high school student who had already secured a scholarship to college.[SIGN UP: Get headlines and breaking news sent to you]

We're hearing from the mother of a local man who authorities say is a suspect in the murder. The victim's body was found off Fuqua and Cottingham in southeast Houston.

As her son sits in a Georgia jail accused of murder, Wanda Wiltz wants the victim's family to know something.

"I want to let them know that they're in my prayers. I'm praying for them," said Wiltz.

She limited her comments because she's considered a witness. Wiltz spent Thursday watching HPD investigators take pictures and gather evidence from her apartment. It's where police think her son, Lee Carl Banks III, committed murder last Friday night, shooting Vogt multiple times before fleeing to Georgia in Vogt's car.

"They'd only known each other for a very short time, less than a week, but they had prior meetings. We don't know what went wrong in this meeting," said Chief Deputy Craig Brady of the Ft. Bend County Sheriff's Office.

Authorities believe the two met online in a chat room. Vogt's family reported him missing in Ft. Bend County last Saturday. Banks was stopped by police in Georgia driving Vogt's car and when his story kept changing, suspicions grew.

Detectives say Banks eventually confessed to the killing and told them where they could find Vogt's body. After searching late Wednesday night, they found a body in a ditch on the side of the road near Fuqua. It was covered in a blue tarp and officials knew right away they had found their victim.

"The clothing description, tattoos, and body piercings that the victim was known to have matched," said Chief Deputy Brady.

From there, police got a search warrant for Banks' home. They seized bloody carpet and fabric. He has told his mother the death was an accident and that he panicked.

Wiltz is thinking of the victim's family.

"I want them to know that my condolences are with them and my prayers are with them also," said Wiltz.

Banks, a University of Houston sophomore, remains in Georgia charged with unauthorized use of a motor vehicle and unlawful possession of a weapon. Police say they found a handgun on him believed to be the murder weapon.

Authorities anticipate murder charges to be filed in Harris County soon. They say Banks will be brought back to Harris County.

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