Man charged in Houston death, body in burned home

By: From Wire Reports
By: From Wire Reports

HOUSTON (AP) - Investigators have arrested a neighbor in the December fatal stabbing of a 72-year-old woman whose body was found in her burned Houston-area home.

The Harris County Sheriff's Office says 21-year-old Ethan Drake has been charged with capital murder.

Deputy Thomas Gilliland on Tuesday said investigators are trying to determine a motive for the killing of Caroline Stagner. Gilliland says Drake is not related to the victim, whose body was discovered Dec. 13 by firefighters.

Gilliland says Drake apparently was living near the woman at the time of the slaying.

The sheriff's department spokesman had no immediate jail information on Drake or an attorney for him.

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