A Texas man has been charged with killing two homeless men in Dallas by brutally beating them with a “full-size” sledgehammer, police mentioned.
Adelaido Amaya Esparza, 58, is dealing with two counts of homicide within the deaths of Daniel Slusser and Fredrick Billmeier Jr., who police say have been discovered overwhelmed to dying one month aside final fall, the Dallas Morning Information reported.
Esparza was charged after investigators searched a database for a black Honda SUV seen driving away from the place Slusser’s badly overwhelmed physique was discovered on Nov. 20 in Dallas’ Oak Cliff part and have been led to his Cockrell Hill dwelling.
Slusser, 60, had severe head accidents and was pronounced lifeless on the scene, police mentioned.
Surveillance footage confirmed somebody stroll as much as Slusser as he slept beneath a blanket and strike him “a number of instances with a full-size sledgehammer,” police mentioned in an affidavit.
The attacker then put the bloody weapon with duct tape round its deal with into an older black Honda SUV and drove off, police mentioned.
Dallas police discovered the black 2001 Honda Passport parked outdoors Esparza’s dwelling and noticed what gave the impression to be a sledgehammer deal with, the affidavit states.
Esparza was later noticed leaving his home within the SUV and was stopped for an improper lane change, main cops to take him into custody as a result of his license was expired and he didn’t have insurance coverage, police mentioned.
Cops then discovered a sledgehammer with duct tape on its deal with and obvious blood on its head contained in the SUV. Esparza mentioned he was the one one who drove the automobile, however denied involvement in Slusser’s dying, in response to the affidavit.
Esparza was arrested after somebody near him recognized him as Slusser’s attacker when proven photographs of the suspect, police mentioned.
One month previous to Slusser’s slaying, Billmeier, 50, was discovered bludgeoned to dying at a bus cease in West Dallas, the place he was hit a number of instances with an object, together with blows to his head, the newspaper reported.
However the attacker was “not possible to determine” as a result of the digicam was too far-off, police mentioned.
As a result of similarities of the assaults, investigators mentioned there was a “excessive chance” that the identical individual was liable for each slayings. DNA belonging to each men was additionally discovered on the sledgehammer, police mentioned.
Esparza was indicted in each slayings final month. He remained in custody Monday in Dallas County on $1 million bond.
A choose has ordered he endure a psychological competency examination.
His legal professional had no touch upon the accusations, the newspaper reported.