TEXAS DIGEST: 3 people found dead in Bryan apartment

3 people found dead in apartment

Investigators responding to reports of someone not showing up for work have discovered three people dead in a Bryan apartment.

Police said the bodies were discovered Wednesday morning in a unit at an apartment complex. A police statement said officers and medical personnel had responded to a report of an employee not arriving for work as scheduled.

Police said the investigation is concentrated outside the apartment. Investigators did not offer any further explanation.

Authorities didn’t immediately release the names of the three people or other details.

Bryan is 90 miles northwest of Houston.


Woman, 2 children die in mobile home fire

Authorities say a woman and her two children have died in a mobile home fire northeast of Houston.

Harris County fire marshal’s office spokeswoman Rachel Moreno said first responders saw flames coming from a back bedroom of the home early Wednesday.

Names of the victims have not been released, but Moreno said the woman was 33 years old, her daughter was 11 and son 9. The father of the children was hospitalized with injuries.

Authorities earlier said another child was hospitalized, but Moreno said just the four lived in the home, which was destroyed.

Investigators are still working to determine the cause of the fire, which broke out about 25 miles from downtown Houston.


Police: Man facing eviction killed landlady, self

Investigators say a man facing eviction from a Dallas-area home for delinquent rent was found dead a day after being sought in the slaying of his landlady.

Police in Irving on Wednesday announced investigators believe 50-year-old Mark Leonard Kincer killed the homeowner, traveled 350 miles to Monahans and then took his own life.

An Irving police statement says no other suspects are being sought in the Jan. 11 fatal shooting of 58-year-old Susan Bufford Maleskey of Jacksonville. Irving police say a relative found Maleskey’s body.

Detectives identified Kincer as the suspect and issued a warrant. Kincer was found dead Jan. 12 of what police say was a self-inflicted gunshot wound.

Irving police officer James McLellan said Kincer was renting a room at the single-family-type house.


Man gets life in prison for double slaying

A West Texas man must serve life in prison in a plea deal for his role in the 2016 shooting deaths of two people at a home in San Angelo.

Prosecutors on Tuesday announced that Raymond Alvarado Jr. of San Angelo pleaded guilty to capital murder and was sentenced to life in prison without chance for parole.

Alvarado could have faced the death penalty if convicted of capital murder in the September 2016 slayings of 28-year-old Jimmy Andrew Gonzales and 28-year-old Anthony Martinez, both of San Angelo. Alvarado was captured four months later in Lansing, Mich.

An affidavit indicates Alvarado had earlier talked about wanting to assault and rob the victims.

Three other suspects await trial.


Supreme Court refuses death row appeal

The U.S. Supreme Court has refused an appeal from a 73-year-old Texas death row inmate convicted of killing a Houston police officer 27 years ago.

The high court, without comment, declined Tuesday to review arguments from lawyers for prisoner Carl Wayne Buntion that an appeal for him unfairly was rejected in the state courts last year.

Buntion is the state’s oldest death row inmate.

He’d been on parole only six weeks in June 1990 when evidence showed he shot and killed 37-year-old Houston officer James Irby during a traffic stop. Buntion, who had a long criminal record, was a passenger in the car Irby pulled over.

His death sentence was vacated by the Texas Court of Criminal Appeals in 2009. A jury in 2012 returned him to death row.

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