Police: Man lied about killing father-in-law

John James O'Neill, 41, is charged with terrorist threat after he allegedly claimed to have murdered his father-in-law in a plot to get his wife back home after she left their home following an argument.

December 23, 2010 7:40:00 PM PST
A terrorist threat charge has been filed against a man accused of claiming he murdered his father-in-law so he can convince his wife to return their Pearland home.

John James O'Neill, 41, is being held at the Pearland City Jail until his scheduled bond hearing Friday morning, according to a Pearland Police Department statement.

Detectives say O'Neill was drunk when he got into a fight with his wife Thursday night at their Pearland home in the 2000 block of O'Day, His wife left the home and checked into a nearby hotel. But later, O'Neill allegedly called her and told her he had murdered her father, who also was staying at the home.

O'Neill's wife called police, who then went to their home and found her dad to be in good health.

Police arrested O'Neill at the scene.