610SPOR2 35h_CBSSportsRad_Houston

News

Man Arrested After Teenager’s Body Found In Closet

View Comments
Joseph Michael Payne

Joseph Michael Payne (credit: Harris County Sheriff’s Office)

Featured Items

77820352_8PHOTOS: The Bikini: from the '50s to Now

77820352_8Meet The 6-10s

77820352_8Best 7 Events At The Astrodome

77820352_8World Cup's Hottest Fans

From Our CBS Music Sites

77820352_8JJ Watt Will Deliver Pizza To You?!

77820352_8Photo: Kim Kardashian Shows Off Her Famous Booty & Topless!

77820352_8Reporter Shot At While Covering A Homicide

77820352_8Do’s And Don’ts Of Kissing

Get Breaking News First

Receive News, Politics, and Entertainment Headlines Each Morning.
Sign Up

A man was arrested after a teenager’s body was found in her closet three years ago. According to the Harris County Sheriff’s Office, 32-year-old Joseph Michael Payne was charged with capital murder in the death of Trang Michelle Van. HCSO officials released the details of Payne’s arrest Friday in connection with Van’s murder.

Payne had already been in custody at the time of  the capital murder charge: “Payne has been in custody at the Harris County Jail since February of this year for unrelated charges including aggravated sexual assault and possession of child pornography,” added the HCSO.

Eighteen-year-old Van was found dead inside her home on Lazy Lagoon in Northwest Harris County back  on July 2 of 2009. Van’s father found her body.

Payne’s  arraignment will be on October 30, 2012 in the 248th Court. The teen’s cause of death was not released at the time of this report.

Cicely C. Mitchell/ CBS Radio Houston

View Comments
blog comments powered by Disqus