Texas man accused of killing homeless males with sledgehammer

A Texas man has been charged with killing two homeless males in Dallas by brutally beating them with a “full-size” sledgehammer, police stated.

Adelaido Amaya Esparza, 58, is dealing with two counts of homicide within the deaths of Daniel Slusser and Fredrick Billmeier Jr., who police say had been discovered overwhelmed to loss of life one month aside final fall, the Dallas Morning News 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 had been led to his Cockrell Hill house.

Slusser, 60, had severe head accidents and was pronounced useless on the scene, police stated.

Surveillance footage confirmed somebody stroll as much as Slusser as he slept beneath a blanket and strike him “a number of occasions with a full-size sledgehammer,” police stated 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 stated.

Dallas police discovered the black 2001 Honda Passport parked outdoors Esparza’s house 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 stated.

Cops then discovered a sledgehammer with duct tape on its deal with and obvious blood on its head contained in the SUV. Esparza stated he was the one one who drove the automobile, however denied involvement in Slusser’s loss of life, 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 stated.

One month previous to Slusser’s slaying, Billmeier, 50, was discovered bludgeoned to loss of life at a bus cease in West Dallas, the place he was hit a number of occasions 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 digital camera was too distant, police stated.

As a result of similarities of the assaults, investigators stated there was a “excessive risk” that the identical particular person was answerable for each slayings. DNA belonging to each males was additionally discovered on the sledgehammer, police stated.

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.