HOUSTON (AP) — A man has been charged with capital murder in connection with the deaths of three people — likely homeless — whose skeletal remains were found in a vacant warehouse, police said Wednesday.
Houston police spokesman Victor Senties said officers investigating a domestic disturbance Tuesday involving 27-year-old Jamie Walter were told by another person at the scene where to find some remains.
The tip led to the discovery of one set of remains at the abandoned warehouse on Tuesday and two more on Wednesday.
Online jail records did not list an attorney for Walter, who is set to appear in court on Thursday.
According to court records, two of the victims have been identified as Monty Kaiser and Donald Fleming. Walter is accused by authorities of using a hammer to kill Kaiser and Fleming on April 6.
No information was immediately available on the third victim.
Autopsies on all three are pending and the investigation is continuing, police said.
Investigators were still trying to determine if Walter knew the victims, said Houston police spokeswoman Jodi Silva.
Police believe the victims were homeless. Silva said investigators were trying to determine if Walter was homeless as well.
In July, Walter was charged with aggravated assault of a family member after he allegedly used a hammer to attack his girlfriend.
According to court documents, Walter was accused of fracturing his girlfriend's skull with the hammer after an argument and also slashing her leg with a machete at an abandoned warehouse close to the one where the bodies were found. Authorities said the woman survived the attack.
In 2012, Walter was sentenced to two years in state prison after pleading guilty to a charge of aggravated assault with a deadly weapon. Authorities said he assaulted a man with a pipe.
Walter has also previously been arrested on drug and forgery charges.
This story has been corrected to show the suspect's name is Walter, not Walters.
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