Man arrested in death of Pasadena woman

John Lee Smith faces a capital murder charge for the death of 76-year-old Nguyen Peer.

April 1, 2010 9:33:24 AM PDT
A man is facing capital murder charges, accused of killing an elderly woman in her home. Pasadena police say John Lee Smith has been arrested, accused of strangling 76-year-old Nguyen Peer during a burglary on March 16. Her neighbors had called police when they hadn't seen her for some time.

Officers checked the exterior of the woman's home on Burke Road in Pasadena and discovered that the garage door had been left unlocked. They entered the house and found the Peer's body on the floor of a hallway.

Smith's criminal history dates back to 1986. He has been convicted of drug possession, two counts of burglary of a habitation, attempted injury to a child, fraud and theft.

Smith is being held in the Harris County jail without bond.