Second suspect charged in murder of 79-year-old woman

A second suspect has been arrested in the murder of a 79-year-old Hedwig Village woman.

HOUSTON - A young woman has been arrested in connection with the brutal murder of a 79-year-old Hedwig Village woman. 

Timesha Wilson, 22, has been charged with capital murder. She was scheduled to appear in court early Saturday morning, but she wasn't present when they read her charges. 

She and Michael Susberry are accused of killing Janiel Bernard in her home on July 2.

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Police say the two were seen together in videos before and after Bernard was murdered. In the first video, they were boarding a Metro bus. In the second video, they are in Hedwig Village walking toward the victim's house. A third video shows Bernard's car leaving the neighborhood around 9 p.m. on the night she was murdered. A fourth video shows Wilson and Susberry getting out of the car at a Texaco gas station early the next morning. 

Police say Bernard knew Susberry and let him into the house. He was the son of Bernard's longtime housekeeper and friend.

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Susberry went to Bernard's home on Capri Street to pick up a check for his mother. Bernard continued to pay her former housekeeper even after she retired. 

Police say Susberry pretended to slip and fall when he came out of the bathroom and head-butted Bernard when she leaned down to help.

According to police, the suspect then stabbed her several times and ransacked her home, taking several small items, and took off in her car.


Susberry's criminal history goes back nearly 30 years, starting when he was just 17 years old.

In 1979, Susberry was charged with aggravated robbery and kidnapping. The kidnapping charge was later dropped and he plead guilty to robbery. He was sentenced to three years.

In 1981, he was charged with theft of a motor vehicle.

Four years later, he was again charged with aggravated robbery. Court documents say he used a firearm to threaten injury or death to the man he was trying to rob. For that charge, Susberry was sentenced to life in prison.

Officers say the 55-year-old served just 20 years of that life sentence and was released on parole. Victim advocate Andy Kahan he should have sent back to prison long before he got the chance to kill Bernard.

"It's heartbreaking enough to lose a loved one like this, but then to find out the system could have possibly prevented it, it's a double sucker punch," Kahan said.

Kahan says Susberry violated his parole year after year starting in 2007, but culminating in 2015. HPD responded to Susberry's home that year for a family altercation. Police say he had attacked his brother with a knife and threatened another brother. The district attorney pressed charges of aggravated assault of a family member, but that charge was later lessened to a class A misdemeanor. He was sentenced to 340 days in county jail.

"Anyone with a dose of common sense would say it defies logic that someone on parole for a violent offense, who then commits another violent offense, like assault, should go back to prison," Kahan said.

But the parole board never sent him back to prison.

"They didn't pick up on it, they didn't send him back to prison and now we're here with this senseless tragedy," Kahan said.

Kahan believes Bernard's murder could have been prevented if the parole board would have done its job. 

Police say Susberry has confessed to the murder, is in custody and will be charged with capital murder.

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