BEAUMONT, TX (News Release) - By Donna McCollum - email
NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - The victim of a fatal stabbing Monday night had a criminal history, including a murder conviction in 1988.
Thomas Wayne Grimes, 49, of Nacogdoches, was sentenced to 18 years on a murder charge out of Liberty County, according to the Texas Department of Corrections. He also has a theft charge out of Harris County and was sentenced to 10 years in 1993.
A call to the Liberty County District Attorney's Office was not immediately returned.
Investigators said Grimes was found in a pool of his own blood at 3220 North Street just after 11 p.m. He later died at Nacogdoches Memorial Hospital.
Nacogdoches Police arrested Nathan Welsh, 22, listed as homeless, Wednesday morning in connection with the stabbing death of Grimes on Monday night.
NPD Detectives arrested Welsh without incident on Park Street at Crisp Road shortly before 9:30 Wednesday morning.
Milton Brown, 18, was arrested Tuesday and charged with murder in connection with the same incident. Brown was arraigned before Justice of the Peace Dorothy Tigner-Thompson Wednesday morning. His bond is set at $500,000. Brown is listed as homeless. His last known address was in Winnsboro, Louisiana.
A police arrest affidavit states that a fight broke out between Welsh and Grimes, that Brown participated, which led to Welsh stabbing Grimes.
Preliminary investigation has revealed that the two suspects and the victim were acquainted with each other. All three were inside the victim's apartment Monday evening when a disturbance arose and Grimes was fatally stabbed.
Godtel Director Royce Oliver said both Welsh and Grimes had previously lived at Godtel. He said he saw Grimes on the day he was killed and said Welsh had lunch at Godtel on the day of the murder.
Oliver said Welsh was an orderly resident and he was surprised to hear that he was a murder suspect. Welsh is believed to be from Nebraska.
"He wasn't any problem," Oliver said. "He was really a friendly kid."
Welsh lived at Godtel from Thanksgiving to the end of January following time in jail for misdemeanor theft. Prior to that he was on probation for having marijuana. Welsh dropped in for lunch at Godtel a week before the stabbing.
"He was no trouble while he was here," Oliver said. "He did everything we asked of him."
Welsh's future plan was to go back home to Nebraska to a mom who sent him care packages on a weekly basis.
"I would just like to let the family of the man who died know that I'm sorry for their loss," Mary Welsh said.
Police spent the day Tuesday canvassing the neighborhood around Austin Place on North Street.
Brown remains in the Nacogdoches County Jail charged with murder. Welsh's arraignment on murder charges is pending.
The investigation is continuing, and updates will be given as new information becomes available.