Suspect sought in hotel manager's murder

August 28, 2009 1:24:32 PM PDT
Crime Stoppers and Investigators with the Houston Police Department's Homicide Division are seeking the public's help with any information on the murder of James Murrell, III.Murrell was the manager of the Athens Hotel located at 1308 Clay Street. He was last seen alive around 10pm on Wednesday, August 12 when he told a hotel guest he was going to walk to the park located about a block from the hotel. Around 3am on Wednesday August 13, a black male was seen standing on the Caroline Street side of the hotel yelling up to a window on the second floor. He then threw a brick through the window followed by a fire bomb or a Molotov cocktail.

Later that afternoon, hotel employees found Murrell dead in a second floor room with his throat cut. There was evidence that someone had tried to start a fire in the room.

The suspect is described 25 to 30 year old black male who is 5'10" to 5'11" tall. He weighs between 160 to 165 pounds. He was last seen wearing long brown shorts, a sleeveless white shirt with a backpack.

Crime Stoppers will pay up to $5,000 for information called in to the 713-222-8477 (TIPS) hotline or submitted online at that leads to the identification, arrest and/or charging of any suspect in this case. All tipsters remain anonymous.

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