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HPD: Man charged with murder after headless, dismembered body found at Houston home

HPD: Man charged with murder after headless, dismembered body found at Houston home

by Associated Press & khou.com staff

khou.com

Posted on May 16, 2011 at 7:31 AM

Updated Tuesday, May 17 at 9:20 AM

HOUSTON – A 32-year-old Houston man was facing murder charges Monday after police found a headless, dismembered corpse outside a southeast Houston home.

Officers found the body at a home in the 600 block of Schweikhardt at Coke around 7 p.m. Sunday after receiving a call.

Detectives said they found a head and severed arm stuffed into a plastic trash bag behind some cinderblocks that supported the home. They also found a chainsaw nearby.

The remainder of the body, later identified as that of 35-year-old Marlon Thomas, was found partially buried under some debris in the backyard.

Investigators took Noe Morin into custody at the scene, and after further investigation, he was charged with Thomas’ murder.

Jessica Riggs, who said she was the victim’s former girlfriend, said the man being questioned was the victim’s roommate for 20 years.

Her ex-boyfriend "didn’t deserve what he got," Riggs told the Houston Chronicle.

Lucinda Watkins, who lives next door to the vacant house, said she heard two gunshots Saturday night.

"It’s awful," she said of the grisly discovery. "It’s scary."

Police did not elaborate on a possible motive. An autopsy was ordered to determine the cause of death.

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