HOUSTON – A granddaughter is among three people arrested and charged with capital murder for the death of a 62-year-old man whose body was found dumped at the edge of White Oak Bayou Tuesday night.
Jimmy Boyd lived in a small home at the corner of Waverly Drive and Greens Road near Bush Airport. He was the third generation of his family to live on the property.
After his first wife’s death, he remarried several years ago and recently agreed to let his new wife’s granddaughter live with him in the house, too. That granddaughter, Cierra Jacobs, 19, also had a younger brother Carino Ratcliff, 17, who was allowed in the home as well.
But Boyd’s friends and family say one person who was not welcome at the home was Jacobs’ 20-year-old boyfriend Juan Lopez, the father of her children.
“He said David if anything happens to me, Juan did it,” Boyd’s friend David Reed said of a recent conversation.
Reed says Boyd had several frightening encounters with Lopez, that he’d fled his own home at times to get away from him, but decided to stand his ground and deny the 305-pound man access to his home.
Friends say Boyd weighed 120 pounds at most.
“And that’s when Juan told him ‘I’m gonna make you disappear,’” Reed said his friend told him a little more than a week ago.
Boyd did disappear. His sister Sandee Carr said their last phone conversation was the night of May 13.
A few days later homemade missing persons flyers starting appearing on telephone poles in Boyd’s neighborhood. They included the name and number of his wife and Juan Lopez’ name and cell number.
Boyd’s family believes it was all an attempt by Lopez to appear concerned and to help cover his tracks.
That’s what Reed would tell Harris County Sheriff’s Office detectives.
“He asked me, ‘Do you believe that Juan done this?’ And I said no I don’t believe it. I know it,” Reed said.
Harris County deputies arrested Lopez, Jacobs and her younger brother and charged all three with capital murder on Tuesday.
Sources said the trio has confessed and told investigators where they could find Boyd’s body. He had been dumped in a retention pond along White Oak Bayou at the 3400 block of DeSoto, 14 miles away from his home.
As for a potential motive, Carr said her brother was having trouble paying taxes on the property. He had recently decided to turn over title to her to keep the property in the family as it had been for three generations. Carr believes the trio feared they would eventually lose their free place to stay.
“I think they’re scum of the earth. I always have,” said Carr. “And that’s why I believe they did it. Because they knew that when I got control they wouldn’t be there. They knew there was gonna be a new sheriff in town, and they were not gonna take advantage of my brother.”
Investigators have not revealed the cause of death. All three suspects are held without bond in the Harris County Jail.