Courtney Burks and Shaquan Bennett, both 18 years old, went before a judge Monday.
Prosecutors say they used an explicit dating website to lure 56-year-old David Standley to his death. His body was found on March 17, burned under a pile of trash after he was savagely beaten and stabbed, according to court documents.
Prosecutors said Standley was lured to an apartment on Market Street in Houston's Fifth Ward on Friday, March 17. Investigators said Standley went there after answering an ad on the website Snapsext.com - a site that advertises partially nude women, picture trading, and encourages people to "hookup online now."
According to investigators, Standley was attacked by Bennett once Standley was upstairs inside the apartment.
"This defendant came out of the bathroom and beat the complainant-victim, with a bed rail," said one prosecutor in court.
Bennett and Burks accused of capital murder. Court documents show they allegedly killed the victim while robbing him.
"This defendant said the female then grabbed a meat fork and repeatedly stabbed the victim," that prosecutor continued.
A judge found probable cause to hold Bennett and Burks for trial.
According to authorities, Bennett told police they wrapped up Standley's body in a car cover found in his vehicle, then secured it with duct tape before dragging it down a flight of stairs and through a fence behind the apartments.
Detectives said the suspects then doused the body in lighter fluid and lit it on fire.
"You never really know what people are doing," said property manager Joyce Smith.
Joyce said neither Bennett nor Burks were the tenants of that apartment. The attack, Joyce said, was too close to home.
"It could actually happen anywhere," Joyce said.
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