HOUSTON (CBS Houston) According to information released by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office on Tuesday, investigators with HCSO’s Cold Case Unit have identified and charged a man in the 1987 capital murder of a 68 year-old woman.
“Roman Martinez is charged with capital mrrder for the November 1987 death of his neighbor, Jacqueline Anderson, added officials with the Harris County Sheriff’s Office. “Martinez, 71, is currently detained at a state parole violator facility in downtown Houston.”
Officials provide additional details of the crime: “On the evening of November 11, 1987, Jacqueline M. Anderson, 68, was found bound and strangled inside her north Harris County home. Anderson’s husband had recently died and she lived alone at 202 West Hambrick Road.”
The which was investigated by the Harris County Sheriff’s Office Homicide Division at the time of the murder, garnered no solid leads or results.
“The HCSO’s Cold Case Unit reopened the case in 2012 and established Anderson’s neighbor and parolee from the Texas Department of Criminal Justice, Roman Martinez, as their primary suspect,” added authorities.
Cold case investigators were able to obtain access to Martinez who confessed to having broken in to Anderson’s home. While he admitted burglarizing Anderson’s home, he further confessed that while committing the burglary, Anderson arrived home and walked in on him.
“He stated that he stole money out of the victim’s purse during the burglary. Martinez admitted to having physical contact with Anderson, but stated that she was alive when he fled the home,” stated authorities.
Roman Martinez who has a lengthy criminal history that extends back to the 1950s, according to HCSO authorities, those crimes include additional burglaries, thefts, drug possession, rape and aggravated robbery.
“The HCSO’s Cold Case Unit was reconstituted in 2009 by Sheriff Adrian Garcia. Since then investigators have solved 17 cold cases – with a total of 21 murder victims”, added officials.