HOUSTON - Two teenagers have been charged with capital murder for allegedly killing a man after they lured him with a sexting app.
Police said the victim, David Standley, thought he was meeting up with a woman to have sex, but was beaten and stabbed by to 18-year-olds.
Standley's body was found badly beaten, stabbed and burned last week. Officials said the body was dumped behind an abandoned home in east Houston.
The two teenagers, Courtney Burks and Shaquan Bennett, went before a judge on Friday.
According to court documents, Bennett was using Burks to lure men to his apartment with an online sexting app.
Authorities said the goal is usually to rob victims but things turned deadly in this case.
"When the victim arrived to meet with the female, this defendant came out of the bathroom and beat the complainant with a bed rail. He hit the victim multiple times." said a prosecutor.
Burks allegedly went a step further and repeatedly stabbed Standley with a meat fork.
"Once the victim passed away, the defendants used a car cover from the victim's vehicle to wrap up his body and duct tape it to keep it closed. They dragged the body down the stairs, through a fence, emptied the contents of a large bottle of lighter fluid onto the body and set the complainant on fire." read a prosecutor in court on Friday.
Prosecutors said police used the victim's cell phone records to track down the accused killers.
Both Burks and Bennett are being held at the Harris County Jail without bond.